April 2, 2020

My Strategies for Coping with Anxiety

I have been dealing with anxiety for a year now. Looking back, I had been dealing with anxious thinking long before that, but failed to recognize it. It was one of the reasons why I had to leave my previous church. You would think that these times we were in would cause a flare up, […]

A COVID-19 update: Why schools are being closed, and large events cancelled

A lot has changed in the five weeks since I first wrote about the Corona Virus. With all the uncertainty swirling, and things rapidly changing I thought I would offer an update. One that at least offers a ray of hope. Most of this post will be about explaining the graph above, which I think […]

Scott Lencke: Lament in Silence

Note from CM: Thanks to Scott for this thoughtful reminder about the importance of lament prayers — an especially relevant topic during Lent. You can read more of Scott’s writing at The Prodigal Thought. • • • Lament in Silence by Scott Lencke The church has entered the season of Lent. This is a focused […]

Another Look: Give Us This Day…

I know what it means to live week to week, paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know what it means to live day to day, without guarantee of a paycheck. I don’t know what it means to be completely dependent on grace and mercy. I may indeed be completely dependent, but I seldom realize it. I […]

The 2019-nCoV Corona Virus – An Internet Monk Primer

There has been much talk and much misinformation being spread about the Corona Virus that is currently hitting China hard. As a statistician, I thought I would help to shed some light on the topic in terms that most of us can understand. My data that I am using here is taken primarily from two […]

Sermon: Epiphany III – How to Pray for Our Friends in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany III – How to Pray for Our Friends in Christ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner […]

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019 This year, on All Saints Sunday, I will replace my sermon in our Lutheran church with a responsive litany, spoken with the congregation. We will follow with the Apostles’ Creed and then say special prayers for the day. May this be a day of profound and grateful remembrance […]

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost Today is celebrated as Ascension Sunday in many churches, when we remember that Jesus took his throne on the right hand of God the Father. He told his disciples that they should wait in Jerusalem after the ascension for the promised Holy Spirit. In Acts we read […]

It Has Been a Week…

It has been a week. Many of us in the Internet Monk family have had serious sadness and struggles of various kinds this week. I would urge you to pray for Daniel Jepsen, Mike Bell, Mike the Geologist, and David Cornwell in particular. For them, and for others who are close to many of us, […]

Daring to Pray the Our Father (2)

Daring to Pray the Our Father (2) However, even if we have mastered the words of a prayer, it often remains someone else’s prayer. We may never quite get into it. It may never express the thoughts of our minds or the feelings of our hearts. We say it more out of conditioning than genuine […]