August 10, 2020

Archives for 2011

Go Forth to Meet Him

Monday Merton Musings, December 19, 2011 Go Forth to Meet Him The week before Christmas has arrived. The words we hear from Thomas Merton today for our weekly meditation are brief but searching. For Christmas will come this year, just as it did long ago in Bethlehem. As on that occasion, some will be ready […]

Another Look: Building a Cradle for Jesus

Originally posted Dec. 1, 2010 Where meek souls will receive Him still The dear Christ enters in. • “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” Brooks I am not good at working with my hands to fashion beautiful artistic creations. Never have been and probably never will be. I’m better with books and people and such, and […]

Advent IV: There Are Few Words

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2012 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Prayer of the Day Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming […]

iMonk Classic: No Big Thing

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December, 2007 I want to start this post with a quote from a typical ambitious evangelical church that wants to grow. Get big. Add lots of people. Become “mega.” Get the crowds and their kids in the doors. But I’ve decided not to insult you. If you don’t […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.17.11

What a busy week it’s been here at the iMonastery. It is like a miniature Santa’s workshop around here! Martha O’Ireland has been busy making fudge with a wee bit of special Irish “juice” in them. Damaris has knitted us all scarfs. Adam is composing a Christmas opera. And Joe Stallard, our erstwhile webmaster, is still trying […]

Tim Tennent: It is time we become “deep, thick and different.”

I have been waiting to make this available to you for awhile. Earlier in the fall, Ben Witherington posted an address spoken by President Timothy Tennent for the Fall Convocation at Asbury Theological Seminary. I’ve wanted Internet Monk readers to hear his words ever since I first read them. In the light of Jeff’s post yesterday, […]

In the “Third Season” of Life Together

“This is my beloved and this is my friend…” (Song 5:16) This is the verse that caught my attention when my wife Gail and I fell in love many years ago. The words express what we both have always wanted in marriage: a partnership characterized by genuine love and friendship. And now we are approaching […]

Christianity In America: A Crisis, or, The Evangelical Emperor Has No Clothes (as found on your library shelf)

A few weeks—ok, months—ago I started writing on what I see in general when I look at today’s evangelical church in America. I called the series The Naked Emperor. I have been kept from revisiting this by work and illness and … oh, lots of things. I do plan to finish what I started, but […]

Dissident Discipleship: A Book Overview

Recently I read the book Dissident Discipleship by David Augsburger. He wrote it in 2006, but I think his topic is evergreen: What makes someone a true disciple of Jesus? Augsburger tells it from an Anabaptist perspective. Once we give assent to Christ’s lordship, recognize the necessity for and effectiveness of his shed blood to atone […]

“It’s not that I have to; it’s that I get to.”

One of the great love stories of my lifetime is that of Robertson and Muriel McQuilkin. Dr. Robertson McQuilkin was a respected Bible teacher, author, and missionary leader who was president of Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) from 1968 to 1990. During the 80’s his wife Muriel began showing signs that her memory […]