September 30, 2020

9/11 — The Last Word…for Now

By Chaplain Mike I was going to attempt to come up with a brilliant piece to close this week of 9/11 posts, but why I should I try, when I will never be able to top what what Will Willimon wrote as one of a number of evangelical leaders who reflected on 9/11 for Christianity […]

“The Looming Tower” on 9/11’s Aftermath

By Chaplain Mike One way I thought about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this week was to read Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. I hope to do a review tomorrow; for today, I offer a few thought-provoking quotes for your consideration and discussion. I want […]

iMonk Classic: Michael Spencer’s Early Response to 9/11

UPDATE: We have had some good lively discussion so far. But I would like to remind us that the point of this post is NOT so much to analyze what Michael thought in the days following 9/11, but rather to use his thoughts as a prompt to help us remember what WE thought and felt. […]

In Love’s Service Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve: A New Yorker’s Reflections on 9/11

Guest Post by R-J Heijmen Note from CM: Mockingbird is one of the finest, most interesting blogs you will read on the web right now. Their ministry is located in Charlottesville, VA, but for the first three years of operations, their offices were at Calvary Episcopal Church in New York City. As I was thinking […]

How 9/11 Changed Me

In September of 2001 I was working for a Christian book publisher in Tulsa as editorial director of a brand new imprint. We were all very busy with our first list—our first books published under the new name. There were 350 employees total working for this publisher, and many would gather on the ground floor […]

9/11 — Uncertainty

2001 “Did you guys hear this on the radio?” my friend Paul says, walking into the office to start a new day at work. “They’re saying some guy flew a plane into one of the World Trade Center towers.” The rest of the office buzzes while I imagine some nut-job daredevil with a Cessna in […]

I Still Struggle to Speak of 9/11

By Chaplain Mike On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I ate breakfast with the pastor with whom I used to work as an associate. We met at our favorite restaurant, the one we used to joke about as a “second office” for people in our church. When I was on the church staff, it was […]

9/11 — Reflections on Disappointing Reactions

Note from CM: Regular iMonk readers will recognize the voice of Eagle, one of the faithful members of our online discussion community. Eagle says he is an agnostic, and he has certainly been through the wringer when it comes to negative experiences with religious types, including the “fundagelicals.” We love having him here. He keeps […]

How Did 9/11 Affect Christian Faith in the U.S.?

By Chaplain Mike As the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 approaches, I have been reading articles that discuss how this event has affected the church and people of faith in the U.S. What do you think? In general, do you think there have been any significant changes in perspective about the faith here in […]

September 12, 2011

NOTE from CM: I was scheduled to fly to Kyrgyzstan in central Asia a week after September 11, 2001, to visit our friends and missionaries, Andy and Damaris Zehner. Because of flight restrictions imposed after the attacks, I had to wait until mid-October. When I arrived and traveled around Naryn and nearby villages with them, […]