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Archives for June 2013

Summer Sounds from CM 6/6/13

Here is one of my favorite old 60’s songs — and a great song for summer — covered by my favorite artist, James Taylor, who covers other people’s material just about as well as anyone. It was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and first recorded by The Drifters in 1962. “Up on the […]

IM Book Review: Dallas Willard’s Best Book

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard 1988. HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 5, 1999) Note: As of this writing, the ebook addition of this book is now available for only $3.99 on Amazon. * * * When we mentioned Dallas Willard last week, one of our commenters wrote and […]

The Mule’s Bible

One of our regular commenters goes by the handle “Mule Chewing Briars.” He may or may not have a real name, but he does have a real style about him: He has something to say, and doesn’t mince words saying it. Mule is joining the iMonk stable of writers; we will hear from him most […]

Meet The Team

As Chaplain Mike shared yesterday, he is stepping back from day-to-day writing duties here at the iMonastery in order to focus on his two “real” fulltime jobs. When we talked recently he said needed time to eat and sleep as well as work. I told him that was a personal problem and suggested if he […]

A “Biblical” View of Marriage?

NOTE FROM CM: The following article was written by Robert R. Cargill, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa; Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa; and Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. From The Des Moines Register: The debate about marriage equality […]

Random Thoughts on the 1st Monday of a New Season

New Season It is a new season in my life today. Yesterday I began an internship of leading worship, preaching, and providing pastoral care in my home church. Our pastor and his family left for Spain on his sabbatical last week. I spent my first day in the office last Friday. I preached on the […]


The room is still; the hearth is cold and dark. A rancid smell of ashes fills the air. The candles stand neglected.  Windows stare Like blinded eyes unlit by any spark. How dead this place – no life has left its mark Upon the icy floor, the table bare; No breeze, no breath, no sound, […]

Sermon: Jesus, a Prophet for All People

Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, ‘A great prophet has risen among us!’ and ‘God has looked favourably on his people!’ This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country. – Luke 7:16-17 NRSV * * * Together, this Sunday and next represent one of the reasons I […]

Summer Sounds from CM – 6/1/13

OK, so I’m cutting back on my writing. Starting Monday, I will be at your service only on Mondays and Thursdays for awhile. On one of those days each week through the summer, I will have a post devoted to music I love, strictly for your summer listening enjoyment. Well, maybe not strictly. It’s also […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.1.13

This is the storm shelter version of Saturday Ramblings. As I write, massive storms are moving across Oklahoma City, 100 miles to my west. I have been watching live shots from an OKC TV station with my heart down around my shoelaces. We have storms heading into Tulsa, and they are making a lot of […]