December 18, 2017

Sailing In Deep Waters

If I had a boat I’d go out on the ocean And if I had a pony I’d ride him on my boat And we could all together Go out on the ocean Me upon my pony on my boat Lyle Lovett, If I Had A Boat The walls of college dorm rooms, at least […]

Let Them Eat Cake!

As part of our continuing examination of issues in evangelicalism, today we present this interview with a renowned business leader. William Sola oversees franchises all across our country and around the world. * * * Reporter: Hello, today I’m with William Sola, great, great, great grandson of Jack Sola, founder of the Sola Bakery Company. […]

Walking Barefoot

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger bringing good news, Breaking the news that all’s well, proclaiming good times, announcing salvation, telling Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7, The Message (This is the second part of a two-part essay. You can read part one here.) My feet are killing me–and it’s […]

The World’s Worst Feet

The worst feet in the world undoubtedly belonged to St. Francis of Assisi. Francis walked miles everyday throughout the region of Italy where he and his followers preached the Gospel. He walked on broken rock, bare dirt, ice, snow, and thorny weeds each day–in his bare feet. His feet were a mass of bloody wounds, […]

The Family, Part Three

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. III. The Elder Duty, that’s the word– Nothing less. Best effort at all times, no matter what. Keep at it, never give up. First to the task And last to lay it down. Don’t let anyone outwork you. Also: expect maximum effort From those under your charge. Don’t […]

The Family, Part Two

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. II. The Father A hundred years have passed, or so it seems, Since news was brought to me–oh father’s joy! A son, our first, the image of his kin. How strong he rose! How righteous, true! Serious child with scrupulous eye, Steadfast he stands, surveys the family stock. […]

The Family, Part One

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. I. The Younger Here I am, father, at the eleventh hour once more, Reaper’s scythe poised to harvest fruit of seeds I’ve sown. Shamefaced, knowing full well the paucity of yield, I slump low with downcast eyes, near resigned to table bare. And perhaps this is that Hand– […]

Making Music in Midst of Chaos

By Chaplain Mike. Back in the early 1990’s a simple act of heroism caught the imagination of those who learned about it. On May 27, 1992, Vedran Smailovic, principal cellist for the city opera, was practicing his cello in an upstairs apartment in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. It was a time of war, and […]

Classic iMonk: The Boat in the Backyard

A note from Chaplain Mike: We will be running some posts from the iMonk archives that deal with the subject of depression. This classic post that Michael Spencer wrote in 2004 tells the intimate story of a father’s depression and a boy who finally understands. When I was twelve years old, my father bought a […]

Choose Joy

Today’s post is by Chaplain Mike. Tim Hansel was a strong, risk-taking, all-out-effort kind of guy. He climbed mountains and led wilderness expeditions. One day, on the way back to camp after climbing on the Palisade Glacier with friends, his foot slipped and he fell a long distance down into a crevasse, landing directly on […]