August 1, 2014

Wretched Enthusiasm

It felt so big to you, that fire in your heart. It filled your body, gave you a sort of buoyancy and belonging. A sense of purpose. . . . The God-fire grew big and hot and wild, and your whole world began to glow with it. It … [Continue reading...]

Wilderness Update: Square Peg Syndrome

Wilderness Update from Chaplain Mike - June 2, 2014 It is no secret that I have long struggled with church. Since leaving congregational ministry over nine years ago, I have been in the wilderness when it comes to having a … [Continue reading...]

Jesus’ Ascension and Life as Gift

Many churches celebrate Jesus' Ascension today, though the official observance was this past Thursday (May 29). We so often leave the Ascension out of our gospel. Christ's "finished work," however, includes Jesus' incarnation, … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, May 31, 2004

Welcome to the weekend, fellow imonkers. If any of you even thinks of mentioning the Pacers-Heat series I will look up your ISP and hunt you down. And do ...  really bad things.  As soon as I can think of what they are.  You have … [Continue reading...]

When Children are Pawns in the Game of War

The kid who guards Fonseca's tomb Cradles a beat-up submachine gun -- At age fifteen he's a veteran of four years of war Proud to pay his dues He knows who turns the screws Baby face and old man's eyes Bruce … [Continue reading...]

God’s Scandalous Patience

God is transforming and reconciling the world. But unlike human revolutionaries who demand instant and total change, God is not impatient. The arc of the universe bends toward the full reconciliation of all creation, but -- "Come, … [Continue reading...]

Open Forum — May 28, 2014

I have a crazy week and it's time to give you all a chance for some open discussion anyway, so we're going to have an Open Forum today. An Open Forum means you get to talk about what is interesting you at the moment. This is … [Continue reading...]

Infinite Grace

Yet again, I enjoyed watching the film Babette's Feast (1986) over the weekend. This delightful movie tells the story of a small sect of Christians in Denmark who live austere lives and shun pretension and ambition. A woman … [Continue reading...]

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...]