August 10, 2020

Archives for June 2011

Saturday Ramblings 6.25.11

Good morning. Welcome to the iMonastery where we specialize in unique dishes made from the finest ingredients. For breakfast today we are serving up heaping helpings of Saturday Ramblings. D.H. Williams, a professor at Baylor University, has some interesting observations after recently attending a megachurch service. Nothing new that we haven’t discussed often times before […]

Follow-up Post: “Quivering Daughters”

By Chaplain Mike Consider this a follow-up to last week’s discussion on Bill Gothard and the related topics that were brought up in the comment thread, such as patriarchy, homeschooling, courtship, separatism, rules-based spirituality, and so on. It seems the post uncovered a lot of hurt, confusion, and questions. In our comments we heard from […]

But Then …

This is difficult for me to write because it is both humbling and humiliating. My pride is being shattered to admit on a stage before tens of thousands of readers (our stats show more than 80,000 unique visitors come to the iMonastery every month) what I am going to share. But I suppose it’s not […]

Prayer During Ordinary Time

Pentecost has been and gone, the Spirit has descended upon us, and now we are in the season of Ordinary Time up until Advent, where the liturgical color is green (for hope) and we get on with our ordinary lives, living as Christians in the world.  We’re out of the upper room and down in […]

Case Study: A Pastoral Conversation

By Chaplain Mike Occasionally, I would like for us to consider case studies, so that we can discuss actual life situations rather than just theological ideas or religious issues. As iMonk readers know, I am deeply concerned about the state of pastoral ministry (especially pastoral care) in our churches. Today’s study is a snapshot from […]

Open Mic: What Is the Prosperity Gospel?

By Chaplain Mike This post might also be called: “Ask Chaplain Mike: Eagle’s Questions, part 2.” But I would like to take a different approach this time. Instead of me simply answering our friend’s question, I’d like the iMonk community to take part. In fact, Eagle himself asks for this when he writes: What exactly […]

OK, I’m Blushing…

By Chaplain Mike Why does everything have to be an “issue” for Christians? Why do we feel the need to speak publicly about every matter under heaven? Why is so necessary to make it clear “where we stand” on everything? Can’t (shouldn’t) there be some things that we deal with quietly, privately, personally, face to […]

Ruth among the Writings

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (1) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, in and through whom God did extraordinary things. For […]

Guest Post: Rachel Held Evans, “Blessed Are the Un-Cool”

Note from Chaplain Mike: Today’s guest post is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog, which is rated “iMonk Highly Recommended Reading,” and is used with her permission. Thanks, Rachel! photo © 2006 Valerie Everett | more info (via: Wylio)BLESSED ARE THE UN-COOL By Rachel Held Evans People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who […]

Trinity Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 in this bed, two lovers fumbled as they found their way and it was holy when they knelt beside this bed to pray it kept them warm through many nights of cold, elusive fear when tender sweet caresses answered softly falling tears some secrets whispered in this bed […]