January 24, 2018

Advent I—Fervent in Hope

By Chaplain Mike Text for Advent I—Isaiah 2:1-5 On each Sunday of Advent, we light a candle on the Advent Wreath, gradually turning darkness to light to mark the coming of Jesus. There is no universal liturgy attached to … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Does the Story Matter?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Dec 22, 2004 The other day, we were talking about Jesus’ command to “judge not,” and I said this in a post about how I have learned to think about judging others. Connected … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 11.27.10

What a feast we had here at the iMonastery. Thanksgiving is a time when we get together for food, food and more food. Mike Bell joined us, even though 1) Canada celebrated their Thanksgiving last month, and 2) it's hockey season. … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Evangelicalism and Special Seasons

By Chaplain Mike Note from CM: This article was originally posted on Dec. 2, 2009. As we prepare to mark Advent and Christmas again this year, I thought we might revisit it and discuss how our churches approach special … [Continue reading...]

Remembering Jack

Monday was the 47th anniversary of the death of the man many consider the greatest Christian writer of the 20th century. C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963---the same day as Aldous Huxley and John F. Kennedy. Lewis was the … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures: Thanksgiving Edition

11-13It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling … [Continue reading...]

Thank You, Lord

A Prayer of Thanks By Chaplain Mike Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit... For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when I was but a … [Continue reading...]


By Chaplain Mike The man's tears were unsettling. There is something about a man crying uncontrollably that shakes me. His dying wife was in the bed across the room, speaking occasionally, but mostly lying with eyes closed, … [Continue reading...]

Church Year Spirituality: Faith of Our Family

By Chaplain Mike When I was a pastor in local non-denominational congregations, I found it difficult to maintain a sense of cohesion and togetherness within the church's program. Each church, of course, had its own traditions, … [Continue reading...]

Church Year Spirituality: Some Resources

By Chaplain Mike Over this past week, many have asked about resources for understanding and keeping the Church Year. I have compiled a starter list here in three categories: Books that give an overview of the Church Year to … [Continue reading...]