January 22, 2018

The IM Saturday Brunch: July 8, 2017 — Random Thoughts Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” This is a random thoughts edition of our Saturday Brunch. I will simply be passing on some of the curious things […]

Random Thoughts: Monday in the American Circus

The “evangelical circus” that Michael Spencer wrote about is but one facet of the “American circus.” I don’t think any of these individual stories is worth an entire post, but together, they shine a light on some of the silliness that is shining forth here in the good ol’ USA and among Americans who profess […]

Random thoughts on a Monday as I fly to Phoenix

There will be no posts on same-sex marriage this week. Don’t you think we all need a break from talking about it? By the way, I know what’s going to happen now. You’re going to talk about it. But I really wish you wouldn’t. If I were king, whenever something like this happened, I would […]

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 staying at Sauble Beach, a beautiful sandy beach, seven […]

Random Thoughts: Past, Present, and Future

First today, let’s take a look back. It used to be thought that today’s date, March 20, marked the onset of the “Black Death” in medieval Europe. In 1348, King Philip VI of France commanded medical faculty at the University of Paris to determine the cause of the plague moving rapidly toward the city. This was […]

Random Thoughts from the September Grass

Ssssss… Several years ago, our congregation used to take summer mission trips down to the hills of eastern Kentucky, near where our pastor grew up. We worked with a mission, helping with their facilities and doing VBS for them. One of our pastor’s relatives lived near the mission, and he had one of the more […]

Random Thoughts on the 1st Monday of a New Season

New Season It is a new season in my life today. Yesterday I began an internship of leading worship, preaching, and providing pastoral care in my home church. Our pastor and his family left for Spain on his sabbatical last week. I spent my first day in the office last Friday. I preached on the […]

Random Thoughts on a Warm and Sticky Monday

Central Indiana Weather forecast for May 20, 2013 Warm, sticky, and breezy. High temperature of 87°. Humidity 64%. Intervals of clouds and sun; chance of rain 10%. Back in the Saddle Again Yesterday, I got an early start on my summer of leading worship in our home church. Our pastor and his family had a […]

Random Thoughts on a Chilly Monday

It is graduation season. Our youngest son got his degree from North Park University in Chicago on Saturday and we enjoyed the ceremony. Our immediate celebration was postponed because we had a limited number of tickets to the ceremony and had to deal with car problems, but the family is gathering next weekend to raise […]

Random Thoughts on a Rainy Monday

Another week like last week, and I won’t need a vacation, I’ll need an extended stay at a sanitarium. Speaking of sanitariums, I officiated a funeral service in Martinsville, Indiana Saturday. The funeral home was built on the site of the former Home Lawn Mineral Springs health resort. Throughout the mortuary, they had wonderful display […]