May 29, 2020

A Halloween Open Mic

A Halloween Open Mic Some years ago, Michael Spencer posed an Open Mic question to the iMonk community: “Where in the Bible does it say Satan wants to take “souls” to hell?” Today, in addition to that query, I’m pulling a few other questions out of Michael’s famous Halloween posts so that we can discuss […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: September 30, 2017

This weekend I am cloistering myself away at Gethsemani Abbey for silence, prayer, photography (another form of prayer), and writing. That means the table is yours this Saturday morning. Welcome to our Open Table edition of the brunch! Think of it as a pot-luck, or as they say in Indiana, a pitch-in. That means you bring […]

Open Forum: U.S. Health Care

Note from CM: We are going to close comments. I want to thank everyone who contributed today to a good discussion. Thanks for keeping things civil. Each of you have given the rest of us something to think about. We aren’t going to solve anything today, but discussions like this are essential. I encourage and challenge […]

Open Mic Nov. 2016: The Day After Edition

Open Mic Nov. 2016: The Day After Edition I figured that, because of the election yesterday, readers would be distracted and not pay much attention to most anything I might put up today. So, let’s have our November Open Mic. By the time you read these words, it will probably be clear who the next […]

Open Mic: September 2016

Open Mic: September 22, 2016 It has been awhile since we’ve hosted an Open Mic day, but today provides a good opportunity for one. I’ll be playing in the annual Daniel Mercer Foundation charity golf tournament to support youth services here in our area. Daniel was a young man in our community who died ten […]

Open Mic, Summer Edition

Open Mic, Summer Edition Today we offer you the chance to participate in an Open Mic. And since we’re in the midst of the summer season, I thought maybe I’d prime the pump a little bit by asking a few questions. Before I do, let me say that I want this to be a truly Open Mic, so you […]

Open Mic: May 2016 (New folks, come join us!)

Open Mic, with a special invitation to new commenters. It has been awhile since we’ve done an Open Mic. It has also been some time since we’ve extended a specific invitation to those who are new to Internet Monk, or who read but rarely comment. An Open Forum is an opportunity for you to choose a topic […]

Open Mic: January 6, 2016

A blessed Epiphany to you, and welcome to the first Open Mic of 2016. For any who might be new to Internet Monk, several times throughout the year, we throw the doors open and invite any and all to come and participate in conversation on topics of their choosing. We always hope that new readers and […]

Open Mic: Faith and Military Service

Yesterday was Veterans Day here in the U.S., a day to thank those who have served our country in the military. I read an interesting piece by Tobin Grant at RNS which suggests that religious people (Christians, in the research) are more likely to be veterans. I don’t know how much stock I put in what’s […]

Open Mic: Calling all caregivers

Note from CM: Thank you all so much for sharing your stories and experiences. As thankless as it may seem some time, caregivers are doing God’s work, the “cup of water” work that Jesus assures us our Father sees and rewards. • • • Calling all caregivers! I am currently working on the third book in […]