July 11, 2020

Wilderness Update: Time to Get Real

This discovery of Christ is never genuine if it is nothing but a flight from ourselves. On the contrary, it cannot be an escape. It must be a fulfillment. I cannot discover God in myself and myself in Him unless I have the courage to face myself exactly as I am, with all my limitations, […]

The Journey Continues

Editor’s note:  I met Erick as a co-worker in a company where very few self-identified as Christians.  Erick however did.  It can be a difficult journey in our part of Canada.  Here is the latest installment in Erick’s story published this week.  He blogs at:  Sempiternal Being.  He has given me permission to share this […]

Wilderness Update, September 2013

It is decision time. The first Sunday in September was the last day of my summer internship in my home church. This concludes my year of practical and academic work for the ELCA and brings me to a point where I must write a candidacy essay and submit my application for final approval to receive […]

My Own Desert Places

They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. – Robert Frost, “Desert Places” One temptation is to think the wilderness is without — a place, a geography, a […]

Always the Road

All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth… – Hebrews 11:13 NRSV * * * All my life I’ve thought one day this wandering will be past. The place I seek will […]

Leithart on “The Persistent Marginalization of the Eucharist”

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Leithart on “The Persistent Marginalization of the Eucharist” “When the Sign seals the Word, the church becomes a communion of martyrs ready to bear the cross because they have consumed the cross.” • Peter Leithart, “Do This” (First Things) • • • Readers and emailers have brought Peter […]

Lenten Prayer Services: A Temple in the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Lenten Prayer Services: A Temple in the Wilderness During Lent, I’ve had the privilege of leading prayer services at our church on Wed. evenings. Our pastor asked my wife and I to do this, using mostly contemporary music accompanied by piano and guitar. Each week I put a […]

I Know It’s Not for Everyone, but I’ve Found an Oasis in the Mainline

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness I Know It’s Not for Everyone, but I’ve Found an Oasis in a Mainline Church In other essays here on Internet Monk, I have described my own journey through the post-evangelical wilderness. I grew up in a mainline church (United Methodist), but most of my spiritual journey has […]

iMonk Classic: The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism (5)

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism, conclusion A classic Michael Spencer iMonk post from Nov. 2008 NOTE: On Sundays in Lent, we will run these classic essays from Michael Spencer on the evangelical wilderness. I now come to the last post in this series on The Unresolved Tensions of […]

Preparing For Easter – A Lesson From Wilderness Adventures

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Preparing for Easter: A Lesson from Wilderness Adventures (Mike Bell) • • • There is a little patch of wilderness I like to call my own. Covering about 200 square miles along the southern edge of the Canadian shield, it is rugged terrain, where pristine lakes and rocky […]