January 27, 2020

Refelctions on Being the Parent of Adult Children

When you are a 52 year old dad, and you have a 20 year old, college student son, it’s not all that unusual if you don’t have many one-on-one, personal conversations. But my son and I had a good one today, and it left me with an abundance of things to reflect on. 1. I’m […]

The IMonk on Steve Brown, Etc.

It’s my third go around on my favorite radio/podcast program. We talked about Halloween, the Election and House, M.D. If SBE isn’t on your itunes, you’re missing one of the best treats on the web. Thanks to Erik, Kathy and Steve for a great time.

Arrested by The Word

There was a moment in last week’s House, M.D. that really reached me. (As this show often does. Its portrayal of the human soul is consistently remarkable.) House has been forced to deliver a eulogy at the funeral of his father, whom he not only hated, but has concluded is not his biological parent. House […]

What I’m reading, watching and listening to these days.

Reading: Jesus Wants To Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell and Don Golden. A survey of the Bible’s message using the theme of the “New Exodus,” with lots of application to the current empire. Packaged in a rather distracting way, but plenty of good material in a relatively few […]

A Big Surprise, A Big Criticism, A Big Question: More Thoughts On The Place of Certainty

One of my biggest surprises this year was looking at the program for the Desiring God Ministries National Conference and seeing Dan Taylor as one of the speakers. I love Dan Taylor. His book The Myth of Certainty is in my top ten books that have been personally helpful. I’ve reviewed the book here at […]

Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

“My theology is simply what I read in the Bible.” Sure it is. “What I believe and practice is simply what the Bible teaches and nothing else.” Of course. What else could be simpler? I’m sure several of you won’t be surprised at all to learn that I meet with a pastoral counselor on a […]

How I’ve Changed: Ten Ways

A friend of mine recently said, “It sure seems that you’ve gone through a lot of phases during your time as a blogger.” I’m sure it seems that way, but most of that is an illusion of the blogging life. The people around me wouldn’t have any major change in my beliefs to report since […]

Recommendation: Beyond Smells and Bells by Mark Galli

Mark Galli: Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and Power of Christian Liturgy Well….just go buy this book. I know you plan on buying some other book about things you already know, but you need this book, because it’s absolutely a 512 foot home run on the subject of liturgy in worship, and you know […]

The Long Dark Night Is Over….

Baseball fans: what are some of your thoughts and feelings as the new season begins? Best memories? Ironies? Tragedies? Tomorrow at 1:05 EST, the Cincinnati Reds will take the field against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Florida. The long, dark winter of the soul will be over here in the Spencer household. My life runs […]

That’s not my wife….

It’s your Internet Monk and friend Dave, playing Presbyterians two weeks ago at First Presbyterian Church, London, Kentucky. I’ll be there again this Sunday.