July 11, 2020

Merry Christmas

iMonk reader Christiane mentioned a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Return Of The King yesterday. To me, this is the crux of Tolkien’s wonderful trilogy. Frodo and Samwise were within reach of the destination, yet it was in the shadow of Mt. Doom. All could still be lost. Still, in their darkest hour, there was light. […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.21.13

Well, it’s almost Christmas. The women have finished wrapping their gifts with ribbons and bows. They made plates of cookies and fudge. They are gathered around the piano singing carols. The men, on the other hand, have yet to begin their Christmas shopping. “Wrapping” gifts will involve the phrase “paper or plastic?” Their cookies are […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.14.13

We are at the end of another busy week here at the iMonastery. Wrapping paper, ribbons and bows have been flying freely. For a while we couldn’t find Martha until someone looked under the tree and saw a package wiggling just a little too much. No fear—we set her free and fortified her with a […]

Saturday Ramblings 12.7.13

It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, in the middle of these United States, it’s beginning to look a lot like winter. And feel like winter. It might even smell like winter for all I know. I’m trying to stay inside as much as I can. I like to be warm. Not too […]

The Homily

One day the seminary students came to Elisha and told him, “As you can see, our dormitory is too small. Tell us, as our president, whether we can build a new one down beside the Jordan River, where there are plenty of logs.” “All right,” he told them, “go ahead.” “Please, sir, come with us,” […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.30.13

As you emerge from your tryptophan-induced coma, I have some startling news for you. Eating turkey doesn’t make you sleepy. Really. So get your butt off the couch and get washing those dishes already. There. I feel I’ve done my duty to our nation as a whole. Now, pass me another piece of pie and […]

You Can Sleep In If You Want

We here at InternetMonk like to think we are an indispensable part of your life, and this morning, we are going to prove it by providing you with all the reason you need to skip the madness of early-morning shoppers and allow you to stay in your pajamas inside your warm house. It is the […]

Guilty Pleasure Bible

So when my friend texted me and invited me to go to Gardner’s Used Books on Saturday afternoon, who was I to refuse? Especially because he also offered to buy me a drink at Sonic. As I looked through the selection of books in the religion section at Gardner’s, I came upon a very well-kept […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.23.13

Welcome to our pre-Thanksgiving edition of Saturday Ramblings. Oh, big doings are afoot here at the iMonastery. Adam Palmer is in charge of the turkey this year, even though in the past he’s been caught trying to glue a bucket of KFC together to form one large bird. Chaplain Mike is making the gravy—which was […]

Anatomy Of A Conspiracy

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (It is also, ironically enough, the 50th anniversary of the deaths of C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley.) Anytime someone is murdered there are many questions to be answered; when it is one of the most powerful men in the world who has […]