March 6, 2015

This Is Where I Live

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a few weeks, since Chaplain Mike wrote his insightful post, "Another Look: This is not where I live".  While I agree with Chaplain Mike, that real life happens outside of … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: The Limits of Vulnerability

This is an excerpt from a post published in January, 2013. It has been edited and updated. • • • I think that the practice of “vulnerability” as personal transparency may have gone to seed. Just take one flip around the TV … [Continue reading...]

The Art of Comforting Presence

Who would have thought that a conservative political columnist would write an article that a hospice chaplain would find perfect for sharing about what it means to do my work and what it means for anyone to accompany sufferers in … [Continue reading...]

What can you do with a General?

What can you do with a General When he stops being a General? • Irving Berlin The other day, my friend John Armstrong posted the following status on Facebook. This pastor's story elicited a large number of comments, and … [Continue reading...]

Five NT texts that guide my journey

A few weeks ago, I followed the example of Pete Enns and wrote a post on ten of the texts from the Hebrew Bible that have guided me in various ways on my faith journey. Today, let's do a list of NT texts. We'll start with five … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 4, 2015

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Throughout the year, we will feature special remembrances to honor his memory and contributions. One of the ways we will do that is to … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, January 3, 2015

Welcome to the weekend, imonkers.  Actually, welcome to the New Year.  Just in case you weren’t feeling old enough, remind yourself that we are now as close to 2040 as we are to 1990. And by the way, since it’s 2015, aren’t we all … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: Rumours of Glory – Part 1: My Journey with Bruce

Rumours of Glory: A Memoir Bruce Cockburn Harper and Collins 2014 Over the next several Fridays, I will be delving into Bruce Cockburn's memoir: Rumours of Glory. For those who do not know Bruce or his music, here is a quick … [Continue reading...]

Chaplain Mike’s New Year’s Resolutions 2015

In January 2009, Michael Spencer wrote a post containing his New Year's resolutions. In the same spirit, I offer the following list for 2015. • • • 1. I am breaking off my love affair with you, food. I'm sorry, honey, it's not … [Continue reading...]

Looking back at Internet Monk, 2014

It is time for our annual review here at Internet Monk. 2014 was a good year, with lots and lots of good conversations. I hope you enjoyed it as much as our writers and I did. Before I say anything else, therefore, please accept a … [Continue reading...]