May 29, 2020

Another Look: The Pastoral Nativity

“Luke is interested in the symbolism of the manger, and the lack of room in the lodgings may be no more than a vague surmise in order to explain the mention of a manger. This manger is not a sign of poverty but is probably meant to evoke God’s complaint against Israel in Isaiah 1:3: […]

IM Gift Guide 2016 — Part One: Books

IM Gift Guide 2016 — Part One: Books If you haven’t made up your Christmas wish list yet, here are a few items we recommend for gift-receiving and giving this year. The links in today’s post and in most posts throughout the year will take you to Amazon, where Internet Monk is an Associate. That means if you […]

Christmastide II: He makes it possible not to give up

Christmastide II He makes it possible not to give up I consider it a providential blessing that our New Year’s Day falls within the bounds of Christmastide. Both speak of new beginnings and hope, and both seem to refresh our spirits, energizing them to start again when we have tired. Here is a brief excerpt from a […]

Please…confront me with the strangeness of Christmas

The story of Jesus has no bite. A tame “baby Jesus” makes his annual, heart-warming appearance, and leaves us largely un-bothered and un-changed. Yet when I read the two Gospel accounts, I am struck by how strange these narratives are, unsettling and fantastical at every corner. • W. David O. Taylor • • • Thank […]

Christmastide I: Various Christmas sermons of note

Pope Francis, Urib et Orbi Message Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself.  Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned on the horizon of humanity.  A […]

Merry Christmas, from all of us at Internet Monk

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 […]

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 […]