February 26, 2017

Sermon Christmas II: Returning to Our Work

Christmas II (New Year’s Day) Returning to Our Work 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord … [Continue reading...]

Christmas II: Pic and Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • CHRISTMAS II Bach Cantata 28, “Praise God! Now the Year Comes to an End” Gottlob! nun geht das Jahr zu Ende, Das neue rücket schon heran. Gedenke, meine Seele, dran, Wieviel … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: New Year’s Eve Edition

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK You, our Internet Monk readers, are our Ramblers of the Week. Here on the verge of a new year, we prepare to ramble into 2017, and I'd like to hear what you think might be in store for you, or more broadly, … [Continue reading...]

Annual Review: Most-Discussed IM Posts of 2016

Annual Review Most-Discussed Internet Monk Posts of 2016 2016 was another good year, in my view, for our blog and the discussion community that reads and comments each day. Before we go month by month through the posts that … [Continue reading...]

Annual Review: A renewed commitment to resistance

Annual Review 2016 A renewed commitment to resistance 2016 may prove to be either a short blip of craziness in the annals of history or the beginning of a prolonged period of craziness (God help us). Whichever it turns out to … [Continue reading...]

2016 Annual Review: My Favorite Album of the Year

2016 Annual Review My Favorite Album of the Year In addition to my choice for my favorite album of 2016, there are three others that deserve special mention. Let's talk about these wonderful recordings before I gush all over … [Continue reading...]

Annual Review: Pictures from 2016 + A Chance to Vote!

Annual Review Pictures from 2016 2016 was a fun year for me taking pictures. After using my Canon in the early part of the year I got a new camera for my birthday -- an Olympus Pen-F. That provided renewed motivation, and I … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Eve Homily 2016

Christmas Eve Homily 2016 Christ and Caesar: The True King is Born! In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was … [Continue reading...]

Merry Christmas from Internet Monk

Madonna Adoring the Infant, Francesco Botticini • • • Jauchzet, frohlocket! auf, preiset die Tage, Rühmet, was heute der Höchste getan! Lasset das Zagen, verbannet die Klage, Stimmet voll Jauchzen und Fröhlichkeit … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Eve: Undermining Empire

Well, all right, let’s talk about the baby Jesus. Why was he born in Bethlehem? Luke tells us: because the then global superpower wanted to raise taxes, so told everyone to sign up and pay up. That’s how the Middle East worked … [Continue reading...]