January 20, 2021

iMonk Classic: In the End, God Knows Us (A Meditation for Friends)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From May 3, 2009 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God… (Galatians 4:9a, ESV) I’ve been teaching Galatians for over a year, and I happened to cross this verse this week, a week marked by the passing of one of […]

“Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem”

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them rest, Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem, sempiternam. Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest.

Addicted to “Answers”

By Chaplain Mike Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God. I humbly disagree. This issue came up again recently when John Piper wrote a blog post on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Of course, you […]

The Resurrection of Hope

Two days ago one of our angora goats had twin kids.  It was a cold day, below freezing.  The babies were wet and small and frail.  We left them alone for a little while, to let the mother take care of them, but when we returned to check on them they were sprawled, limp and […]

Where Is God When We Need Him?

“At different times on the journey I have tried to fill the emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” – Brennan Manning “The emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” So that’s what this is? In recent days, some in the Internet Monk community have especially touched me. I can identify with the […]


By Chaplain Mike The man’s tears were unsettling. There is something about a man crying uncontrollably that shakes me. His dying wife was in the bed across the room, speaking occasionally, but mostly lying with eyes closed, comfortable but waning. He cried for her. He cried for himself. He cried for the fact that he […]

Mourning and Grieving in Community

By Chaplain Mike Note: The following is a transcript of a talk I gave to our hospice team a few years ago. As I promised earlier this week, we will be having several posts on the subject of grief and caring for the bereaved in the next short while. This particular piece shows one of […]

Chaplain Mike Mercer: Evangelicals And The Pastoral Care of the Dying: The IM Interview

Chaplain Mike Mercer is one of the long-time faithful friends of this web site. Many of you will recognize him as a frequent commenter. Mike has gone the extra mile to befriend me and that has been a true gift. I wanted to do this interview because Mike is now involved in pastoral care of […]