September 26, 2017

11th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The Gospel text for this Sunday in Bach's day was the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (Luke 18: 9-14). To help us meditate on this story of penitence and forgiveness, this … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Brunch: August 26, 2017

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” Sorry to keep … [Continue reading...]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (10)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Ten: Humility We Must Sing to Imagine • • • There are some things that can, perhaps, only be said in poetry, and perhaps this [Phil 2:5-11] is one of them. • … [Continue reading...]

Signs in the Heavens

Signs in the Heavens Matthew 24: 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be … [Continue reading...]

What would it be like…?

What would it be like if we as Christians believed that the Bible was written for us: ...to encourage us to think more, not less? ...to help us develop wisdom so that we can come to conclusions and make decisions maturely on our … [Continue reading...]

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (4)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part Four: Why do we have the Bible in the first place? What is the Bible? And what is it for? Yesterday's post highlighted the fact that I have come a long way from some of the common … [Continue reading...]

Losers Who Just Keep Walking

Triumphalism is a terrible thing. I heard an unexpected sermon yesterday from a guest preacher in a church we visited. The church is a traditional old Midwest Protestant congregation, not known, at least in recent memory, for … [Continue reading...]

10th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Apparently, this time of year is a season in which apocalyptic themes take hold. With this year's solar eclipse, our minds are focused on these themes as well, and Bach gives us music by … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Brunch: August 19, 2017 (Joel 2:31 Edition)

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” The sun will be turned … [Continue reading...]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (9)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Nine Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. … [Continue reading...]