July 22, 2019

Iconographers at Work

I hadn’t expected to be talking about church architecture and art this week. But that was changed when I saw the 60 Minutes segment we talked about this morning and the following video from our local newspaper. It’s about iconographers from Greece who are painting in the Byzantine style in the interior of the Holy […]

God’s Majesty on Display in Barcelona

Since watching 60 Minutes Sunday night, I have not been able to stop thinking about the majestic vision portrayed in the show’s piece about one of the most remarkable buildings ever built by human hands: The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain. The church was begun on March 19, 1882 by architect […]

Tidbits on the Tebow Tempest

OK, I’m breaking my Tim Tebow fast to give the iMonk community an opportunity to discuss the latest news. I’ve assembled a few quotes from people who give various angles on the story of the NFL quarterback accepting, then declining an invitation to speak at First Baptist Church in Dallas. Read these perspectives and opinions […]

LCMS President Apologizes

Note: this is a follow up to last week’s post, Ridiculous Religiosity. Below is an excerpt from a pastoral letter and apology from President Harrison of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod regarding the Newtown, Connecticut affair. Pastor Rob Morris, an LCMS pastor in Newtown, had been asked by Pres. Harrison to apologize for participating in […]

Pope Benedict XVI Resigning

Breaking news from Martha of Ireland: Breaking news – and yes, shocking news (for those of us who are Catholics): the Pope is resigning. I’m flabbergasted, so I have nothing helpful to say. The last time this happened was in the year 1295*, so no-one really knows what will happen next or what it will […]

Ridiculous Religiosity

I am going to go on record here: that this pastor was compelled to apologize represents his denomination’s ridiculous religiosity and their complete failure to understand and practice love of neighbor. From Reuters: “Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre” A Connecticut Lutheran pastor has apologized for participating in an interfaith prayer […]

Hoosiers Rejoice

Gaudete Sunday came early for Indiana University basketball fans Saturday. Here’s the shot that gave them a long-awaited win over a top-ranked team (their first since 2002). Even sweeter for Hoosier nation, it came against Kentucky. The season is young, but don’t look now, expectations just went through the roof in the heartland.

Crossing Borders

Last week, our local Borders bookstore closed, as they are doing everywhere across the country. On my final visit, I was able to pick up eight or nine books for $1.00 each. On any other day, that would have been a cause for celebration. On this day, I had a sick feeling in my stomach. […]

John Stott Has Gone Home

By Chaplain Mike This editor’s note from Christianity Today this afternoon: John Stott died today at 3:15 London time (about 9:15 a.m. CST), according to John Stott Ministries President Benjamin Homan. Homan said that Stott’s death came after complications related to old age and that he has been in discomfort for the last several weeks. […]

Major Megachurch Maniacal Missional Madness!

By Chaplain Mike Headline from Christianity Today: “Multi-Site Churches Go Interstate.” Subject: Megachurches are now expanding beyond their localities and regions to other cities and states. Example: “Pastor Mark Driscoll’s megachurch [Seattle, WA] recently announced plans to expand into Portland, Oregon, and Orange County, California, using multi-site campuses that feature live bands and a sermon […]