September 23, 2014

Saturday Ramblings — July 26, 2014

Pastor Dan is taking a little break from Sat. Ramblings to focus on some other responsibilities for awhile, so at least for today, you're stuck with me. We did plenty of rambling the past couple of weeks, through Vermont and … [Continue reading...]

Thoughts on Hitchhiking

We rented a cottage this week, and for the first time in quite a while were able to get our whole family together for a holiday. We have no Wifi and as a result monitoring of comments will be spotty, so play nice! We have been … [Continue reading...]

Fr. Ernesto: Biting My Lip Hard

Biting My Lip Hard by Father Ernesto Obregon The cartoon above makes me bite my lip real hard. The cartoonist caught just what some people think about the trend in some churches to turn the worship service into a coffee shop … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (parts 2-3)

Note from CM: Letters to a Friend was a series of posts Michael Spencer wrote in July 2007, responding to some comments from a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. Today we look at parts two and three of … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Letters to a Friend (part 1)

Note from CM: Letters to a Friend is a series of posts from 2007 that Michael Spencer wrote, responding to some comments of a Christian friend regarding theology, divisions and debates. This is part one. • • • Friend says, … [Continue reading...]

The Spirit of Knowing

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we … [Continue reading...]

A Highlight of the Summer of 2014

This is a summer with a lot of centennial connections for us and for the world. We visited Monhegan Island the other day, off the coast of Maine. In 1614, John Smith was there, making this year the island's … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, July 19, 2014. World News Edition

Two huge news stories dominated our attention this week, and so we will forgo our usual Ramblings today to give opportunity for the Internet Monk community to discuss these events. Malaysia Flight 17 was cruising at 33,000 … [Continue reading...]

#1 Reason Why Church Attendance Is Down – Really?

No, the number one reason why church attendance is down is not pizza. I did think however, that the story of a fictional iMonk pizzeria might help us understand the flaws in the stated reason and proposed solutions that are … [Continue reading...]

A Foggy Day on the Water

Fog is one of the metaphors we have used for the wilderness journey. You can't see your way clear. The landscape around you is vague and undefined. You are locked in to seeing a limited locale and you have to make your way … [Continue reading...]