April 23, 2018

Monkshank Redemption

"This is one of my favorite movies, Dad." I was sitting down to watch Shawshank Redemption with my oldest daughter, Rebekah. "It reminds me of the children of Israel." "Really? How so?" "Well, when they were set free from … [Continue reading...]

Jail Break

A little while ago I was up late at night and caught a TV special on the making of Johnny Cash's album, San Quentin. When it came to Cash performing the song about California's infamous prison, I listened intently---and then came … [Continue reading...]

Disorientation: The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter

By Chaplain Mike What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man, You cannot say, or guess, for you know only A heap of broken images, where the sun beats, And the dead tree gives no … [Continue reading...]

Orientation: All’s Right with the World

By Chaplain Mike The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn; Morning's at seven; The hill-side's dew-pearl'd; The lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn; God's in His heaven -- All 's right with the … [Continue reading...]

Distinguishing the Seasons

By Chaplain Mike It is late February here in the Midwest, a time that will drive you crazy. In the same week, we might have snow, ice, rain, and a 65-degree sunny day. My wife noticed that the daffodils were coming up … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: The “Real” Prosperity Gospel

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 16, 2008 A reader sent me a very nice note yesterday, talking about a bit of the scope and direction of my writing on this blog over the years. He mentioned something I want to … [Continue reading...]

Jesus Calls Us to Perfect Love

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48 ...No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. ...If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? ...In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom … [Continue reading...]

The Bad News of Self-Righteousness

By Chaplain Mike My reliable source for the culture war, prosperity gospel, and all things "trend-a-gelical" is The Christian Post. They call themselves "the nation’s most comprehensive Christian news website...delivering … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 2.19.11

If you are new here at the iMonastery, each week we try to do a little light housecleaning. We put away the leftovers and take out the garbage and sweep the floors. We can make quite the mess during the week trying to keep things … [Continue reading...]

Carrying One Another

By Chaplain Mike One of my favorite sports stories of all time comes from an incident that took place in a college softball game between Central Washington and Western Oregon in April, 2008. Sara Tucholsky, a senior for … [Continue reading...]