December 2, 2020

Fridays in Ephesus (1)

Fridays in Ephesus (1) The Drama of Ephesians During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • “Ephesians, then, is a drama, portraying the victory of God in Christ over the dark powers that rule this present […]

Journey into New Life (1)

It is Eastertide, the Great Fifty Days during which we celebrate the victory of the risen Christ, remember his appearances, prepare for his Ascension, and prayerfully wait for the power of the Spirit to come at Pentecost. I have long thought that this was an especially good time for the Church to gather together in […]

Easter — Resurrection Sunday 2012

John 20:1-18 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have […]

The Sad Views of Stephen Hawking

By Chaplain Mike In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, cosmologist Stephen Hawking was as blunt and clear as he could be about his views on life beyond this life. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; […]

Easter III

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 road taken friend welcomed hearts broken grief spoken word opened then home guest summoned meal proffered grace offered bread broken eyes opened christ known

Easter People (3)

By Chaplain Mike Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren…” (Matthew 28:10) Thus far in our series on the “newness of life” that is ours in Christ we have discussed: Our new baptismal identity in Christ. We have died and our life is hidden with Christ […]

Easter II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-31 a bunch of frightened, doubting friends we hid away like fugitives our leader dead, our expectations dashed we assumed the worst — that those who killed him would now be after us finish the job, put the whole “messiah” thing to rest so we pulled the shades and […]

Living as Easter People (2)

By Chaplain Mike “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) During Eastertide, we are examining texts from Paul’s epistles that discuss the “newness of life” […]

Living as Easter People (1)

By Chaplain Mike We’ve had many posts here at Internet Monk commending the use of the church calendar for spiritual formation. When we follow the Church Year, we live in the story of Jesus. We anticipate his coming in Advent. We celebrate his incarnation in Christmastide. Our mouths drop in amazement at the revelation of […]

Let the Easter Parties Begin!

By Chaplain Mike This excerpt is from a sermon by N.T. Wright, “Resurrection and the Calling of the Christian,” given at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church – Roanoke, Virginia, March 2007. The message is on Luke 15 and the “Parable of the Prodigal Son,” which Wright explains is a paradigmatic story in Luke’s Gospel about […]