October 18, 2019

Archives for January 2012

The Blessings of Boredom

NOTE FROM CM: Though Damaris’ post is not about sports, it does address our culture of entertainment and “hyperstimulation” in which sports plays a part. As an example, having spent hours in the Super Bowl Village over the weekend, I can safely say it was a sensory extravaganza — all stimulation all the time. What’s […]

Recommended: St. Olaf Choir

Last night, we attended another special event, this one unrelated to Super Bowl week. Seventeen of us from our choir traveled to the north side of Indy to St. Luke’s Methodist Church to hear the St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Choral music is one of the greatest helps to meditation […]

Another Look: It’s Holy Week in America

Originally published January, 2010. In this re-posting, I did not change references to the times or events happening at that time. Scot McKnight discussed this over at Jesus Creed as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. • • • MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed […]

Super Bowl Week on Internet Monk

Since it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have the Super Bowl in the town where I live, I thought we’d give some time to the subject this week, along with reflections on sports in American culture and their relationship to faith and practice. Right now, after spending most of the weekend downtown, I confess […]

Kindness Is Next to Holiness

A Moment with Frederick Buechner “Kindness is next to holiness” Children that we are, even you and I, who have given up so little, know in our hearts not only that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but it is also more fun. The kind of holy fun that wells up like […]

We’re Not Out to Make a Name for Ourselves

A Letter for the Church Today (3) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 No, we shall not make any wild claims, but simply judge ourselves by that line of duty which God has marked out for us, and that line includes our work on your behalf. We do not exceed our duty when we embrace […]

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard II — Defending Dissent

Classic iMonk Post  by Michael Spencer From February 2009 NOTE FROM CM: I regularly direct people to Michael Spencer’s classic essay, The Original Talk Hard: Defending the Role of the Critic in Christianity. I do this when we get criticism that we are being unloving and judgmental. I’m sure we fall into that trap sometimes, but the […]

Saturday Ramblings 1.28.12

Your Rambler is in a better mood today. Oh, the Synonymous Rambler and I have been going round and round again, and yes, it was all my fault again (I think), but otherwise it has been a better week. Spring is in the air here in Tulsa (along with mold and polen), which means baseball […]

Listening Report: Kathleen Edwards

From the land of Mike Bell and other friends north of the border comes another great Canadian singer-songwriter. I’ve been enjoying Kathleen Edwards’ new album Voyageur lately, and thought you might like to hear some of her poignant, introspective music too. Here is the first cut from the album, “Empty Threat,” recorded at a live […]

Thoughts on Church Discipline and Relational Wisdom

I haven’t been able to get this “church discipline” discussion off my mind. First of all, thank you to all of you who have made this a vibrant and thoughtful conversation. As I said in my original post, I am agreement with most of you that the disciplinary process as described was inappropriate at best. […]