July 24, 2014

Memorial Day 2014: Living with War (Neil Young)

On U.S. Memorial Day, we pray for the coming of the new creation, in which the Tree of Life will provide healing for the nations, and there will be no more war. One of the most consistent artistic voices for peace over my … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: What About the Flag in the Sanctuary? (Or How To Get Fired Really Fast.)

A Classic iMonk Post for Memorial Day, 2014 Sometime when I was in seminary, I first heard the term "civil religion" and started to understand that some people had a problem with the American flag in a church sanctuary. The … [Continue reading...]

Sat. Ramblings Extra: This was not the message of “Good Works Week” here at IM

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Saturday Ramblings, May 24, 2014

Football Temples, 4,000 year old dinosaurs, The Church of Beyonce, and the return of the firing squad. Happy weekend, fellow imonkers. Did you know that in the history of the International Religious Freedom Act, there is … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week VI: Free to Love

And thus it is impossible to separate works from faith, quite as impossible as to separate burning and shining from fire. Beware, therefore, of your own false notions and of the idle talkers, who would be wise enough to make … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week V: Good Works = Child’s Play

Now it came to pass that it was time to paint the garage. Dad worked all week long on it. Using a ladder, he painted the eaves and trim all the way around. He painted the other high spots and worked his way down, starting in … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week IV: James, the Elephant

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week III: Let’s Discuss What the Bible Says

It's time for day three of "Good Works Week" here at IM. Or as we like to call it, "Who can Chaplain Mike offend today?" Sunday, I ticked off some of our Lutheran friends. In my naivete I wasn't aware that just having a … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week II: The Work of the People

The Work of the People: A Tale of Two Services And it came to pass that two men died, and their families requested that their funeral services be held in their respective churches. One man was Roman Catholic, the other a member … [Continue reading...]

Good Works Week I: Faith Working through Love

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. - Galatians 5:2, NRSV For Christ at the last day will not ask how much you have prayed, … [Continue reading...]