July 9, 2020

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three

Welcome once again to our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  If you missed it, you might want to check out our list of Cockburn top ten albums in part one and part two. But what about those songs that didn’t make the top ten albums?  Are there any gems in those other albums that you might want […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two

Mike: If you joined us last week,  you would have read about the first five albums in our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  This week we bring you albums six to ten.  I am again joined by my good friend Peter Heath. Peter: It is challenging to capture Bruce Cockburn and his work in a couple of […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part One

For those who don’t know Bruce Cockburn, he is a Canadian folk / folk-rock singer / songwriter / political activist, who between the years of 1970 and 2019 has released 36 albums.   There were a couple of things that first attracted me to him.  He was someone who said he was a follower of Jesus, […]

The 42 Books Beside My Bed

I have a bookcase in my bedroom.  Unfortunately it is full.  So books that I am reading, have recently read, or hope to read, tend to get piled up next to my bed.  I did a bit of a tidy up recently and discovered much to my surprise that I had 42 books in, around, […]

Final Pre-Black Friday Specials! Hurry! Act Now! Operators Standing By!

Wow. I haven’t heard that much hype since the last Dallas Cowboys promo I watched—which was about fifteen minutes ago. Here we are in the home stretch of iMonk’s Black Friday specials, hoping to keep you home from the madness that begins in just a few hours. (By the way, yes, I will be a […]

The Best Christmas Music

How are you doing, iMonks? Is it time for seconds yet? By the way, you need to eat the green beans, not just the crunchy onion-like things on the top. We are continuing our pre-Black Friday specials in honor of the real “reason for the season”: Buy Buy Buy. And all from the comfort of […]

Tom Waits And Theology

Today is Thanksgiving, which means tomorrow is the greatest of all consumeristic holidays, Black Friday. It’s such a great day to some that they can’t wait to celebrate. Your neighbors and friends will be out in force starting at midnight to get great deals on stuff they really don’t need, like toaster ovens, foot massagers […]

A Conference I Recommend

By Chaplain Mike “…his reply has been, “My grace is enough for you: for where there is weakness, my power is shown the more completely.” Therefore, I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of the power of Christ. I can even enjoy weaknesses, […]

Mockingbird Conference

By Chaplain Mike Just a note to encourage those of you in the New York City area, or who may want to travel to NYC for a good conference. The 2011 Mockingbird Conference, sponsored by our good friends over at the Mockingbird blog, will be held March 31-April 2 at St. George’s Church. The theme […]

Christianity’s Forgotten Man

Allow me to relate two recent incidents as a way of introduction to this book review. The first was on a recent Sunday morning in a church associated with a popular Christian movement (they do not want to be called a “denomination”) located in the midwest. The man who preached is a well-known missionary, a […]