August 12, 2020

Archives for June 2011

iMonk Classic: Worship, CCM and the Worship Music Revolution (part one)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Circa 2002 NOTE FROM CM: For the next three Saturdays, we will run Michael Spencer’s classic posts from 2002 on “Worship, CCM and The Worship Music Revolution.” The evangelical church in particular has continued to travel down the road Michael describes in this article. Nearly a decade has passed, […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.18.11

What a week. Chaplain Mike is a grandpa again. My Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup. My Reds swept the Dodgers. With all this excitement, we’ve left a bit of a mess around the iMonastery. Saturday is when we tidy up, starting with these Ramblings… Speaking of baseball, there is a man whose ministry is […]

Our Relational God

By Chaplain Mike This Sunday upcoming is Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as Christ’s church, […]


“Sooner or later the world must burn, and all things in it—all the books, the cloister together with the brothel, Fra Angelico together with the Lucky Strike ads which I haven’t seen for seven years because I don’t remember seeing one in Louisville. Sooner or later it will all be consumed by fire and nobody […]

The Third Time, It’s a Charmer

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: We have a name. Ladies and gents, meet Veda Rae! New baby girl in the Mercer family arrived today. 5 lbs, 5 oz, all doing well. Grandpa recuperating. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully […]

Difficult Scriptures: John 6:52-69

The Jews began to quarrel with each other. They said, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Jesus told them, “I can guarantee this truth: If you don’t eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you don’t have the source of life in you. Those who eat my […]

Whatever Happened to . . . Bill Gothard?

By Chaplain Mike I was one of those rebellious teenagers of the “hippie” era that Bill Gothard was destined to reach. Self-indulgent, resistant to authority, in love with rock music, seeking freedom from the constraints of societal demands, I needed order, direction, and purpose in my life. Most of my companions in youth group were […]

Distressing Disguise or Distraction?

By Chaplain Mike It finally happened. A church asked Jesus to leave the sanctuary during a worship service because he was being a “distraction.” Jesus was attending Elevation Church in Matthews, NC in the distressing disguise of a little twelve year old boy with cerebral palsy named Jackson. Jackson excitedly got all dressed up for […]

James MacDonald Needs a Business Meeting

By Chaplain Mike James MacDonald and I both graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1988. He went on to become a successful pastor, author, and radio teacher. I went on to . . . well, let’s just say, a less illustrious career. So, I will leave it to you as to who has more […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Eagle’s Questions (part one)

By Chaplain Mike To me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing on Internet Monk involves getting to “meet” people from a variety of backgrounds who come here to discuss their thoughts and share their experiences. It is a conversation, and everyone is welcome. We have folks from all different Christian backgrounds, people from […]