August 19, 2019

Archives for December 2013

Let’s Discuss: Christmas Music Recommendations

Back in 2010, Jeff and I had dueling posts about our favorite Christmas music. Jeff’s top five were: Bells of Dublin, The Chieftains Christmas Portrait, The Carpenters Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Part Two, Various Artists If On A Winter’s Night, Sting Christmas, Bruce Cockburn He also gave honorable mentions to: A Charlie Brown Christmas, by Vince […]

iMonk Classic: “Lo, How a Rose” – Experiencing The Power of Beauty

Note from CM: I remember reading this post as a fairly new reader to IM and feeling a strong connection to Michael and his experience. Yesterday morning, our choir sang a rendition of “Lo, How a Rose,” and my thoughts went back to the beauty of this season, the beauty of the Rose springing forth […]

Homily for Advent II: Four Metaphors for Advent

Four Metaphors for Advent A sermon for the second Sunday in Advent, 2013 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.7.13

It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, in the middle of these United States, it’s beginning to look a lot like winter. And feel like winter. It might even smell like winter for all I know. I’m trying to stay inside as much as I can. I like to be warm. Not too […]

Thoughts on Southern Africa

With the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday, the world lost a great statesman. Through his words of reconciliation South Africa was able to transition out of Apartheid without the bloodshed that characterized so many of the independence movements of the region. While I am known as the Canadian voice on Internet Monk, my family had […]

Let’s Discuss: The Legacy of Paul Crouch and TBN

After having written this, I have to chuckle. Just to clarify: these are my words, not John MacArthur’s… * * * I must admit, I didn’t pay much attention when I heard that Paul Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) had died on Nov. 30. I have dismissed TBN and the world of televangelism for so […]

Pope Francis: Living “From the Heart of the Gospel”

I have downloaded and am reading through Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), the Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. The document reflects the emphasis in the Church regarding “The New Evangelization.” As the Pope states, Attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit who helps […]

Lee Adams: Advent Hope

Note from CM: Thanks to IM friend Lee Adams, for today’s moving meditation on Advent. He blogs at Homilies, Prayers, and Bread for the Journey. * * * I stood and watched him sleeping in his grandmother’s bed. “His name is Ezekiel”, she said. “He blind.”  He seemed normal enough.  Small for his age, maybe, but any three […]

Sex Is Not Arithmetic

How I wish Christian teachers and leaders would talk honestly to people about sex. The other day I read an article about a video Tim Keller did for Jonathan Bethke. The article was called, “Timothy Keller Waxes Poetic About the ‘Magic’ and Pleasures of Sex in Marriage.” Now, that headline oversells the actual claims Keller makes […]

The Pastor: Waiting Tables

Christianity is a meal fellowship. And ministry is table service. This is the focus and content of a remarkable chapter in Gordon W. Lathrop’s book, The Pastor: A Spirituality. And this is the chapter that, most of all, sets the liturgical traditions apart from the free churches. This is what many of us who fled […]