January 30, 2015

Stop. Look. Worship in Awe.

The Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar. Words fail completely. … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Faith and Culture Devotional by Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington

Yes, end of the year is book review time. I have several headed your way before December ends. I generally do not review books that I don't like. If I don't like them, I won't have much to say about them. If I like them, I'll … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: NLT Bible Study Guides, , Chronological Bible and “Live” Teen Bible (and a bit of venting about special packaging of the Bible for teenagers)

I’ve reviewed and endorsed the New Living Translation Study Bible, and I continue to use it with real appreciation. I’ve been a fan of the NLT ever since Noel Heikkinen convinced me to give the second revision of the … [Continue reading...]

Open Thread Discussion: Group Punishment/Blessing in the Bible

In my Bible classes, I often will come up with a topic that relates to what we've been studying, and I'll ask the students to prepare to debate either side of a proposition related to what we've learned. I thought this week's … [Continue reading...]

When the “Reached” are “Unreached”

UPDATE: I had to close out the discussion when the two infallible versions of Christianity started talking to each other. Since I can't buy either one of them, I got annoyed. (If you are one of the people assigned to monitor … [Continue reading...]

Alan Creech Rosaries: Great Gift Idea

Alan Creech is a good friend of this web site and is the Roman Catholic Liturgical Gangsta. He's started a small home business project making hand-crafted, Franciscan, single decade rosaries. You can see them all- five varieties- … [Continue reading...]

The Kids Are All Right: Ten Gift Ideas For A Fundamentalist Young Person Near You

Reverend Billy says "Stop Shopping! Your consumerism is out of control!" And the iMonk says "Give that fundamentalist young person near you a Christmas to remember.....and their pastor a reason to blow a wicket." (BTW, I … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: “Lo, How A Rose:” Experiencing the Power of Beauty

In 2004, I wrote this piece about discovering the power of beauty in one of the most wonderful of Christmas songs. "Lo! How a Rose...: Experiencing the Power of Beauty." I was a kid from a home without music or books, and it … [Continue reading...]

More Links and News: A New Sponsor and Bill Kinnon Unedited

We have a new sponsor here at IM, Zaccheus Press. Zaccheus is a small publisher of books by Catholic authors. Their emphasis is on high quality books by authors with real insight into spiritual formation in the Catholic tradition. … [Continue reading...]

Advent Greeting and A Few Good Links

UPDATE: Fearsome Pirate Josh Strodtbeck received his Treasury of Daily Prayer and writes a useful review. Do you have yours? Hit the sidebar and get one from New Reformation Press. I'm sending along an audio Advent greeting … [Continue reading...]