June 23, 2018

Sometimes It’s Just Plain Hard

Editor's Note: One of the things that makes the Internet Monk such a strong community is our desire to be real at all times. Sometimes that reality takes us to painful places. Denise Day Spencer, the wife of the late founder of … [Continue reading...]

Rethinking the Text: God’s “Still, Small Voice”?

By Chaplain Mike Sometimes, as people of faith, we think we know the meaning of a Biblical text. By sheer repetition over the years, it becomes a reliable tool in our vocabulary, a cliché of our faith. We stop thinking about … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Teaching One Another

By Chaplain Mike I'd like to start a new feature on Internet Monk today. We'll call it "Teaching One Another." Each Sunday, I have been posting the lectionary readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Then I have taken … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Why Aren’t We Doing Inner City Church Planting?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer NOTE: This was originally posted on February 17, 2009 as an "Open Mic" discussion. I thought it would be good to revisit this question today, especially in the light of recent posts … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 6.12.10

What a wild and wacky week it's been here at the iMonastery! You all have kicked up quite a bit of dust--which means we have some cleaning up to do. So if you will pardon me, I will get the broom and dustpan to sweep up the … [Continue reading...]

No Golden Plates

By Chaplain Mike One of the better paragraphs I've read about the Hebrew Bible (aka the Old Testament)... Scripture did not appear in the twinkling of an eye or fall from heaven on golden plates. The Hebrew Bible underwent its … [Continue reading...]

A Black and White Concern

By Chaplain Mike It is my hope that our conversation here at IM will include perspectives from as many cultures and traditions of the Christian faith as possible. One privilege a hospice chaplain has is to become … [Continue reading...]

Thoughts about Women in Ministry

A recent iMonk Classic mentioned the issue of women in ministry.  I thought I’d take it up. Armor?  Check. Shield, gas mask, safety glasses, earplugs?  Check. Here goes. First of all, I won’t say anything about … [Continue reading...]

Sailing In Deep Waters

If I had a boat I'd go out on the ocean And if I had a pony I'd ride him on my boat And we could all together Go out on the ocean Me upon my pony on my boat Lyle Lovett, If I Had A Boat The walls of college dorm rooms, … [Continue reading...]

A Few Reminders (to keep the place from burning down)

By Chaplain Mike Wow. We've had quite a week so far here at Internet Monk. The comments have been pouring in faster than I can follow them, and I've had to go back and clean up several messes where people spilled venom or … [Continue reading...]