September 16, 2019

Archives for September 2012

Church Music Month on Internet Monk

October will be “Church Music Month” on Internet Monk. Throughout the month we will feature posts about the ministry of music, with particular emphasis on its role in worship in the local congregation. Articles that express various perspectives about church music. Interviews with people who are working in congregations in the ministry of worship and […]

Psunday Psalms: Do We Pray Like This? Can We Pray Like This?

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * The Lord judges the peoples; vindicate me, O Lord, for the righteousness and blamelessness that are mine. Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; he who probes the mind and conscience is God the righteous. I look to […]

Saturday Ramblings 9.29.12

Welcome to the state fair edition of Saturday Ramblings. Your rambler did his civic duty and attended the opening night of the Tulsa State Fair (I still haven’t figured that one out, as Tulsa has yet to become a state) on Thursday. I did not, however, indulge in any deep fried treats or eat anything […]

A Window upon Heaven

I have been asked what is the difference between the veneration of images and idol worship, and I am going to try and give some kind of explanation. First, though, I am going to yield the field on this: often, there is no practical difference. Yes, I admit: some (okay, let’s make that “a lot”) […]

Creation Wars: Remix

I wonder if, at times, the Lord would like to rethink the creation story. I wonder if he wants a chance to rewrite how the whole thing began. “Look,” says the LORD God, “it went like this. It was kind of boring to just sit around and stare at nothing. So in the year 4004 […]

Check It Out: Pastor Dan’s Sabbatical Update

Daniel Jepsen is a couple of weeks into his sabbatical, and has left a first report on his blog. Here is one of the remarkable pictures he has posted from his time in the country near Lake Tahoe: You can check out the entire update HERE. And we encourage you to mention our brother in […]

I Am Hoi Polloi

Here’s the Monday routine now. I wake up a little after 2 a.m. I stumble to the bathroom where a hot shower washes some of the numbness away. Returning to the bedroom, I dress in the dark, then lean over and kiss my slumbering wife goodbye. Down the stairs to the kitchen I go, making […]

Yet Another “Wake Up!” Call

What’s so uncool about cool churches? Unintended Consequences: How the “relevant” church and segregating youth is killing Christianity. by Matt Marino, September 23, 2012 *  *  * Matt Marino is an Episcopal priest, the Director of Youth and Young Adults for the Diocese of Arizona, who recently did ministry as a hospice chaplain. He has worked […]

Luther on Holy Days

I am reading lots o’ Luther these days for my seminary class, so I will probably inflict a fair amount of it on you, our dear Internet Monk readers. Today, I am reflecting on one of Luther’s later works, On the Councils and the Church, in which the Reformer writes about the role of church […]

God’s OS and the Church’s GUI

Today I’d like to riff on the primary illustration the pastor used in his sermon at the church I attended yesterday. The NT/Gospel texts for the day were: James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a — where James decries the “envy and selfish ambition” leading to conflicts in the church, and commends to them the “wisdom from […]