October 20, 2019

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The counterexperience of creation in worship

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann The counterexperience of creation in worship One other peculiar practice in Israel’s worship life bears on our theme. It is evident in Gen 1:1–2:4a that creation and its gift of blessing are understood to be accomplished through (a) utterance, (b) separation of day from night and the waters from the waters, […]

A Serving of Capon for Carnival

“O Lord, refresh our sensibilities. Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in, and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with, and casseroles that put starch and substance in our […]

Another Look: Sacramental from the Beginning

Note from CM: I recently read two other perspectives that, to some extent, critique evangelicals’ attraction to — but fuzzy understanding of — sacramentalism as an answer to living in a “disenchanted” world. I encourage you to follow these links and read Jake Meador’s comments on Derek Mishmawy’s post. • • • …the mysterious character […]

Another Look: Why Do We Love This Season?

Another Look: Why Do We Love This Season? Why do we love this season? I would suggest that aesthetics have much to do with the answer to that question. The lead-up to Christmas and its celebration is made sensible to us by means of the things we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch at this […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II

Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II by J. Michael Jones The Implications of our View on the Material on our View of Nature. While Platonic Dualism found a welcoming home within the Church, the Rousseauian view of nature (I’m using nature here as a sub category under material) has completely swept western […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part I

Note from CM: Today we welcome yet another “Mike” to our group of iMonk authors. J. Michael Jones. Mike blogs at J. Michael Jones, where you can also find information about his books. Here is a brief bio: J. Michael Jones lives with his wife, Denise, in Anacortes, Washington. They have five grown children. For […]

Another Look: A Favorite Hymn — This Is My Father’s World

Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World”, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn (or poem as […]

Another Look: The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life

It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How did we get here? We open our eyes and see that “old bowling ball the sun” careen over […]

Fridays with Damaris: The Surrounding Fields

The Surrounding Fields By Damaris Zehner The house where I live is on a three-acre square of land.  One side of the square faces a barely paved county road; the other three are surrounded by farm fields owned by a farmer who lives nearby.  My family enjoys this setting.  It’s quiet.  The nearest traffic is […]

Fridays with Damaris: My Vegetable Love

My Vegetable Love By Damaris Zehner Although I’m sometimes reluctant to go out and work in the garden – I don’t want to get dirty, it’s hot and humid, there’s an overwhelming amount to do – I am always astonishingly happy when I do.  I begin by pulling weeds or hoeing with mechanical efficiency; soon […]