October 24, 2020

Archives for 2010

The God of Second Chances

In the early 90s, when I was a fairly young seminary student, I was working on a paper for one of my New Testament Greek courses. I had gathered up all the commentaries and journal articles that I could find on the topic, and was starting to write my paper. While reading one journal article, […]

Nouwen on Waiting

By Chaplain Mike For your contemplation today during this season of Advent, here are some words of profound insight from Henri Nouwen. Advent is the time when we practice the discipline of waiting. We focus our attention on the hope to come. We set our hearts on God’s not-yet-seen promises rather than our unfulfilling circumstances […]

Another Look At Voyage Of The Dawn Treader

Editor’s Note: I posted my review of Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Saturday evening. I did not care for the movie in the least. The set was cheap. The effects were boring. Character development, outside of Eustace, was non-existant. But my biggest complaints were how the story was twisted, and the author’s intent was turned […]

Church Signs: Goodwill (?) toward Men

By Chaplain Mike Alert iMonk community member Austin spotted the following sign in Georgia, advertising a non-denominational church’s seasonal sermon series. Ah, ’tis the most wonderful time of the year. Peace on earth, goodwill (or ?#!%) toward men.

A Favorite Children’s Advent/Christmas Book

By Chaplain Mike My entry for a recommended Christmas book is one we read for our children when they were young. It was written by one of my favorite authors, a woman renowned in children’s literature: Madeleine L’Engle. Her award-winning book, A Wrinkle in Time, is a classic that still captures my imagination. L’Engle’s Christmas […]

The Imagination of Faith

By Chaplain Mike What part does imagination play in faith? Can “truth” be communicated through legend, folk tales, poetry, and music? Many Christmas songs have little to do with describing detailed historical facts. Instead, they evoke images from nature, the Biblical narratives, and the cultures from which they arise to help us not only understand […]

Advent III: Gaudete!

By Chaplain Mike As we light the third Advent candle, we thank God for his gift of joy. This is Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday. In the midst of Advent’s long journey, our worship on this day calls us to lift up our eyes, focus anew on our destination, and find renewed strength and refreshment from realizing […]

A Voyage To Avoid

There is a scene early in Voyage Of The Dawn Treader—the third movie installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series—where Edmund has just arrived in Narnia to meet King Caspian sailing aboard the Dawn Treader. Edmund asks Caspian, “Why are we here?” It’s a question I asked myself over and over while watching this disaster. […]

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard (On the Role of the Critic)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: Earlier this week, we published a strong post in the tradition of what I called “prophetic ridicule.” Some folks don’t like that. They take offense. They think it violates the law of love. Years ago, Michael Spencer wrote one of the best defenses concerning the […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.11.10

It’s countdown Saturday. Countdown to Christmas? Well, no—but if you haven’t addressed your Christmas cards yet, I suggest you get started. College football countdown? C’mon. Other than the Army-Navy game, this is a bye week for college football. No. “Countdown Saturday.” Look at the date. December 11, 2010. 12-11-10. Well, at least it’s a Saturday. […]