December 2, 2020

Interpreting Reality

I had lunch with my friend Thor this week. On Thursday, appropriately enough. Of course Thor is not his real name, just the nickname I call him; I like it when my phone tells me I have a text from Thor. Thor relayed an interesting story. His friend had called him recently to say that […]

Adding a dimension

I was asked again this week: what will our life look like after death? I had just explained (again) to a group of young people that the plan of God is not to take them to heaven, at least as they likely understood the phrase. Rather, it is to bring heaven to earth. To re-create […]

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dear imonk friends. On Tuesday night’s Christmas Eve Service I shared some thoughts on what Christmas means to me after a year of great loss and pain. I am posting them here in hopes it may help someone.   2019 has been the worst year of my life. I won’t go into details, but just […]

It’s Official: Halloween Now Sucks

Halloween sucks. There, I said it. It used to be cool; now it’s jumped the shark. Trick or treating is great. What kid doesn’t love dressing up, going door to door and getting candy! What adult doesn’t love seeing the kids in their costumes. You have to be Halloween’s version of the Grinch not to […]

God’s Purpose and our Purpose

This morning I will be teaching to about 40 men in an addictions recovery program. I love these guys; they are very open, and very hungry spiritually. I will be going through Ephesians chapter 1, where the main idea is that our salvation is much broader than we usually understand, and also tied into God’s […]

Saturday Brunch, August 31, 2019

Hello, friends, and welcome to the Labor Day weekend! Quick question: If money or likely success were not issues, what job would you love to have? That’s a good way to start off our Labor Day edition of the brunch. We’ll be asking a few more job/career related questions as we go along. It’s a good […]

Saturday Brunch, September 22, 2018

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend? I’m filling in for good Chaplain Mike today. Ready for some brunch? As usual, we’ve got some silly stuff, some serious stuff, some pop culture stuff. Skip what you want (it’s Brunch!), but let’s start with some lighter fare. “At this time, we do not have information on […]

Dan Jepsen: The Restless, Raging Fury that They Call the Love of God

Note from CM: We’re focusing on music this week, and today we turn it over to Pastor Dan to remind us of one of the freshest and most honest voices that ever participated in the contemporary Christian music movement. • • • The Restless, Raging Fury that They Call the Love of God by Daniel […]

Dear John Letter to the G.O.P.

So, Republican party, I think we need to talk. We’ve been together for a long time; over 35 years now. That’s amazing. I still remember that joy of first love, way back in 1980. I was only 18, but took part in the Iowa Caucuses, got to ask a question during the GOP debate, and […]

Daniel Jepsen: The Sin of the Orthodox

The Sin of the Orthodox by Daniel Jepsen Note: by “Orthodox” I am referring to those who are biblical and traditional in their theology; I am not referring to the Orthodox Church. • • • Each time I read the book of Job I find deeper meanings.  As I read it this week, one idea […]