June 27, 2019

Archives for November 2010

Living In the In-Between

By Chaplain Mike We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. • Hebrews 6:11-12 (NIV) I am […]

You Are What You Wear

By Chaplain Mike An illustration from my pastor’s sermon Sunday: Not too many years ago, my wife and I were on a rare date downtown Indianapolis. It was in the heat of August, so we were at an outside table on the sidewalk on Washington Street. There we were, enjoying the moment of closeness, when […]

Is There a Church There?

By Chaplain Mike Last week’s provocative bombing of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea made us all feel a little more insecure, even as we read words about beating swords into plowshares on the first Sunday of Advent. Those who welcome the Prince of Peace at this time of year should be on the front lines […]

My Christmas Poet

By Chaplain Mike For years now, a favorite book in my library has been an old worn copy of The Poetical Works of Christina Georgina Rossetti, published in 1904. A brief note in fountain pen ink inside the cover says that it was given as a Christmas gift in 1908, and a sticker in the […]

Advent I—Fervent in Hope

By Chaplain Mike Text for Advent I—Isaiah 2:1-5 On each Sunday of Advent, we light a candle on the Advent Wreath, gradually turning darkness to light to mark the coming of Jesus. There is no universal liturgy attached to the candlelighting, but this year we will follow a common way of expressing its significance. The […]

iMonk Classic: Does the Story Matter?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Dec 22, 2004 The other day, we were talking about Jesus’ command to “judge not,” and I said this in a post about how I have learned to think about judging others. Connected to this is the humility that needs to accompany all claims of knowledge of other […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.27.10

What a feast we had here at the iMonastery. Thanksgiving is a time when we get together for food, food and more food. Mike Bell joined us, even though 1) Canada celebrated their Thanksgiving last month, and 2) it’s hockey season. Lisa and Damaris both brought great looking pies. We didn’t get to eat them, […]

Another Look: Evangelicalism and Special Seasons

By Chaplain Mike Note from CM: This article was originally posted on Dec. 2, 2009. As we prepare to mark Advent and Christmas again this year, I thought we might revisit it and discuss how our churches approach special seasons. When I ministered in suburban evangelical churches (nine years in one as worship pastor), there […]

Remembering Jack

Monday was the 47th anniversary of the death of the man many consider the greatest Christian writer of the 20th century. C.S. Lewis died on November 22, 1963—the same day as Aldous Huxley and John F. Kennedy. Lewis was the author of such classics as Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and the Chronicles of Narnia. […]

Difficult Scriptures: Thanksgiving Edition

11-13It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14-16Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, […]