October 29, 2020

Archives for 2010

Open Mic: Two Big Votes in Washington

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, the U.S. Congress held well-publicized votes on two controversial pieces of legislation: the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military regarding homosexuality, the “DREAM Act” that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Though I normally don’t care to […]

Advent IV: The Honor and Humility of Mary

By Chaplain Mike Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. • Isaiah 7:14, NIV It’s time again for the annual “Mary” discussion. This is the one time of year when Protestants are forced to consider her as they […]

iMonk Classic: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December 20, 2006 Note from CM: This was a sermon Michael wrote for the Advent season. It was expanded from a talk he gave at soli deo on 1/19/06. “There is, in fact, no worldview more reprehensible in its arrogance than that of a religious believer: the creator […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.18.10

One more week until Christmas! Did I scare you? Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Have you started? Oh my. Looks like someone is going to need an extra helping of Saturday Ramblings to make it through the week. (Mr. Bones requested the week off, but I think we found a suitable replacement. Not […]

Lenny LeBlanc: Christmas Night

By Chaplain Mike Here’s a new favorite of mine that I’ve enjoyed the past couple of Christmases. From the album, Christmas Night.

More Favorite Christmas Movies

By Chaplain Mike Jeff, as usual, presented a good, well-defended list of Christmas movies yesterday. One of these days he’s going to make me do a “list” post first so that he can have the last word. Until then . . . Movies on Jeff’s List with which I agree completely . . . A […]

Favorite Christmas Movies

My kids wonder at times why I bother to have a color TV. “Dad, all you want to watch are black and white movies.” That is fairly accurate. And their point is what? At Christmas, I somehow find more time to sit and watch a whole movie. And I do enjoy the old ones, I […]

Losers Who Win

8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring […]

A Bible You’d Never Find at the Christian Bookstore

By Chaplain Mike Let’s say you walk into your local bookstore looking for a Bible. You scan the shelves and examine various translations and editions. Many contain 66 books: 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT. In some Bibles there is a section between the OT and NT with additional books called, “Apocrypha” […]

The Contexts of Faith

Much Christian piety and spirituality is romantic and unreal in its positiveness. As children of the Enlightenment, we have censored and selected around the voice of darkness and disorientation, seeking to go from strength to strength, from victory to victory. But such a way not only ignores the Psalms; it is a lie in terms […]