June 27, 2019

Archives for March 2014

Internet Monk Table Manners

Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette. – Emily Post * * * Welcome to Internet Monk. This blog, started by Michael Spencer many moons ago, began as a way for Michael to write and express his thoughts about religion, culture, politics, and his own journey, which would […]

Our Life and Witness: Local, Quiet, Pastoral

9 But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another. 10 Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more. 11 Make it your goal […]

Saturday Ramblings, March 29, 2014

Hello, imonk family.  I hope it is starting to get warm wherever you live. Several of the imonk writers (myself, Chaplain Mike, Lisa Dye, Damaris Zehner and Joe the Plumber) were let out the asylum long enough to meet for breakfast this week.  And Pope Francis met with President Obama this week. Of course, the liberal […]


Let me be clear. This post is not about homosexuality. This post is not about what the Bible does or does not say about the topic. This post is not about the rightness or wrongness of the decision of World Vision USA to open up employment to those in same-sex marriages. This post is not […]

The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about)

Thanks for a lively discussion. Comments closed. Note: This post contains frank content of a sexual nature. Note 2: This week, the Christian world has been abuzz about the World Vision decision and the reversal of that decision. Tomorrow, Mike Bell will address that issue specifically. Today’s post grows out of some self-examination that came […]

Rob Grayson: The Powers Exposed

Note from CM: Today we welcome Rob Grayson, one of our readers from across the pond. Rob is a freelance translator living in the middle of England. He finally pulled his finger out and began blogging last year, and since then he’s barely looked back. He writes on theology and faith in an attempt to […]

Images of Gethsemani – March 2014

Here are a few of the pictures I took at Gethsemani Abbey last weekend. I will be working on putting up some full gallery pages in days to come. Click on thumbnails to see larger images. * * * Images of Gethsemani – March 2014

Christian Wiman: Religious Despair as Defense

Note from CM: During my weekend at Gethsemani, some of the most insightful reading I did came from Christian Wiman’s luminous book, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. Here is one of the passages that gave me pause, for your meditation today. * * * Religious despair is often a defense against boredom […]

Merton Musings: I do not see the road ahead…

Note from CM: Here is the prayer I am praying while at Gethsemani this weekend (coming back later today). Full report in the days to come. * * * My Lord God, I have no idea of where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain […]

Merton Musings: On Church Bells

Note from CM: This weekend my hours will be marked by church bells. They ring from the tower of Gethsemani Abbey, calling the countryside to pause, look up, and acknowledge that redemption has drawn nigh. The first church I served had a small foyer inside the entry door where one could reach up and pull […]