March 21, 2019

Esther

Esther didn’t have the the easiest of lives. Even in her early years growing up in the carefree life of a warm and sunny Barbados there was something amiss. A minor dispute with a sibling lead to a lifelong estrangement. A chance encounter with Tom, an Irish sailor on ship’s leave at a dance, led […]

Mike Bell – Random Stream of Consciousness Edition

My mind has been all over the place this week. Rather than focus on any one thing that I have been thinking about, I thought I would briefly recount a number of ideas that have been percolating in my brain. Feel free to pick on whichever ones catch your fancy. 1. Hey, a new picture […]

When being Right is Wrong

I like to be right. I like to debate. Sometimes I forget there are real people on the other side of the discussion, or listening in on the conversation. I remember way back in my university days an acquaintance expressed concern about the nuclear arms race. Sensing a chance for some fun, I immediately argued […]

Let’s Discuss: Discernment

Let’s Discuss: Discernment On Friday, I’ll be heading south to pray with monks at Gethsemani for the weekend. My main purpose in going, besides spiritual refreshment, is to take advantage of the silence to work on a project about Spiritual Discernment. Before I go, I thought I’d ask for my fellow iMonks’ input. Consider this […]

Let’s Discuss: Mulder and Scully get theological

Mulder and Scully get theological I’m fighting a bad cold as I write this, and find that my mind is not in a state conducive to writing. As I lay on the sofa tonight, blowing my nose and drinking my tea, The X-Files Reopened gave me something to ponder. At the end of episode 5, “Babylon,” in […]

Let’s Discuss . . . Mardis Gras

I don’t normally put two posts up on one day anymore, but today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), the day before the Lenten season begins, and I would like us to talk about something. Let me put my thoughts in a brief paragraph for you to consider and respond to today: One measure of our […]

Ambiguity

Discuss. Update: Only a few have commented on the word “Abiguity”. I am interested in hearing what people might think about why I used that word.

Conversation Enders

This has certainly been the week where we have talked about words. We have discussed etiquette when commenting here. We have discussed Christians use of militaristic words. We have talked about Christian arguments. We have looked at the need to be careful when you speak. To be honest with you, I have not been that […]

Good Works Week III: Let’s Discuss What the Bible Says

It’s time for day three of “Good Works Week” here at IM. Or as we like to call it, “Who can Chaplain Mike offend today?” Sunday, I ticked off some of our Lutheran friends. In my naivete I wasn’t aware that just having a discussion about good works equates to promoting works-righteousness. Heck, I’m not […]

Let’s Discuss: Life Change

We need to talk. Running Michael Spencer’s classic essay “When I Am Weak” yesterday raised questions that have been part of the discussion here on Internet Monk for many years. Certain theological terms have always sparked debate here about the nature of the Christian life: Sanctification Transformation Life change Spiritual growth Faith or spiritual formation […]