March 21, 2018

Chapter Two Continued: Humility and Obedience

I promised a follow-up of my article on “Chapter Two of the Christian Life.” In it I talked about the necessity, once grace has begun to work in us, of working ourselves. I listed nine disciplines or areas of growth that I … [Continue reading...]

When It Doesn’t Make Sense

One year ago I was the happy owner of a 2004 Honda Accord. It had 120,000 miles on it, which for a Honda is practically new. It got great gas mileage, was very dependable--and it had a moonroof. I love cars with a window over my … [Continue reading...]

It NEVER Helps

By Chaplain Mike ...the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:20, NASB) In my experience, it never helps. Anger never improves a situation. Anger doesn't work. Anger always make things worse. … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Walking in God’s Good Works

By Chaplain Mike Below, you can listen to Chaplain Mike's sermon, preached at a local Presbyterian church on 1/23/11. The Gospel reading for the day is Matthew 4:12-23. Other texts we read in the service, supporting the … [Continue reading...]

Jesus Does Good Works of the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Matthew 4:23-25 God anointed [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power, and...He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Domestic Abuse?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 17, 2009 From, following a high profile murder that followed a high profile history of domestic abuse: The news reports of the recent death of Amanda Ross, allege … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 1.22.11

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea. Flash---this just in. Today is Saturday, the day we generally reserve here at the iMonastery for cleaning up the piles that have accumulated throughout the week. We like … [Continue reading...]

The Intruder and His World

By Chaplain Mike This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid. (Bob Dylan) • • • One day recently, a dreaded Intruder came uninvited into our life. His coming was sudden and shocking, as though a … [Continue reading...]

A Most Misunderstood Parable

You gotta count the cost If you're gonna be a believer You gotta know that the price Is the one you can afford You gotta count the cost If you're gonna be a believer You gotta go all the way If you really love the … [Continue reading...]

Surrendering To His Teeth

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:15,16 NIV) It was turning out to be one … [Continue reading...]