June 18, 2019

Archives for December 2014

Looking back at Internet Monk, 2014

It is time for our annual review here at Internet Monk. 2014 was a good year, with lots and lots of good conversations. I hope you enjoyed it as much as our writers and I did. Before I say anything else, therefore, please accept a hearty “thank you” from all of us for your faithful […]

Wendell Berry: The Real Work

The Real Work It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one […]

Daniel Grothe: A Pastor’s Midnight Musings

A Pastor’s Midnight Musings By Daniel Grothe It’s midnight, and my wife and three kids are sound asleep. Another Sunday night walk is in the books. I’m a pastor; that’s what I do. Yes, today was the day, the Lord’s Day, the one day each week when Christians from the four winds of our city […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: Dec. 28, 2014

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Throughout the year, we will feature special remembrances to honor his memory and contributions. One of the ways we will do that is to give Michael his say every Sunday. We begin today, with a post that was […]

Saturday Ramblings: Dec. 27, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, December 27, 2014 Good morning, iMonks. We have dug out of the piles of wrapping paper, boxes and bows, cleaned up the toys strewn all over the floor, emptied the dishwasher for what seems like the hundredth time, put out the trash, and are now getting ready to do some holiday rambling. Some […]

Boxing Day – And Another Ancestor Story

Only 100 years ago the number of people who died from disease was staggering. In 1918 the so called “Spanish Flu” swept the world killing an estimated 50-100 million people. At that time that represented three to five percent of the world’s population. Among the dead, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was my Great-grandfather William Robert […]

Wishing You a Jesus-Shaped Christmas

Lo! newborn Jesus Soft and weak and small, Wrapped in baby’s bands By His Mother’s hands, Lord God of all. Lord God of Mary, Whom His Lips caress While He rocks to rest On her milky breast In helplessness. Lord God of shepherds Flocking through the cold, Flocking through the dark To the only Ark, […]

Rob Grayson: The night before Christmas revisited

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land The people were stooped under Rome’s mighty hand; They clung to the hope their oppression would end As they looked for a king they believed God would send. They read in their books what the prophets foretold: A Messiah would save them, as promised of […]

A Wake Up Call for Shepherds

This is the season when we remember heaven’s wake up call to the shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. The divine alarm sounded a brilliant “Gloria!” and the angel enlivened them with “good news for all people.” The shepherds were awakened with the gospel of the newborn Savior. Pope […]


Bess was “really something.” I heard that a number of times over the course of my visit. Her family loved her, but fully acknowledged that she was her own woman, independent to a fault. She knew what she wanted and usually got it without a lot of fuss or bother. Bess was “really something” and […]