January 21, 2021

Who Inspires You?

Recently on Facebook quite a few friends have been posting a series of musical Albums that have either influenced their taste in music or have been significant to them. I declined to participate, although someday I may post a listing of my favourite ten Bruce Cockburn albums. There are after all 36 to chose from! […]

My Strategies for Coping with Anxiety

I have been dealing with anxiety for a year now. Looking back, I had been dealing with anxious thinking long before that, but failed to recognize it. It was one of the reasons why I had to leave my previous church. You would think that these times we were in would cause a flare up, […]

Now in God’s Care: Dr. John Sailhamer

Note from CM: Sorry for the delay in posting today. I worked late last night. Today I found out that one of my great heroes is now in God’s care. Dr. John Sailhamer, my OT prof at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, died earlier this week. No one influenced me more in my study of the Bible. John […]

An epic friendship

If you can’t disagree ardently with your colleagues about some issues of law and yet personally still be friends, get another job, for Pete’s sake. • Antonin Scalia, about Ruth Bader Ginsburg As annoyed as you might be about his zinging dissent, he’s so utterly charming, so amusing, so sometimes outrageous, you can’t help but […]


This is Middle America. This is the generation of “older people” that I grew up respecting, the people who ran or worked for local businesses, tended to their families, and were involved in their communities. This is the group of people who essentially built the world as I have known it. They fought in World […]

Check It Out: Pastor Dan’s Sabbatical Update

Daniel Jepsen is a couple of weeks into his sabbatical, and has left a first report on his blog. Here is one of the remarkable pictures he has posted from his time in the country near Lake Tahoe: You can check out the entire update HERE. And we encourage you to mention our brother in […]


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 […]

Small Victories

By Chaplain Mike This is a shameless advertisement for a friend, to whom I have alluded many times on iMonk. Several years ago, one of the transforming experiences of my life took place when, by God’s grace, I was allowed to walk with a family through the terminal illness and death of their son. Daniel […]