December 14, 2019

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 […]

Lost in Gethsemani

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Lost in Gethsemani (Denise Spencer) Weeks ago Chaplain Mike asked the writers and myself to contribute content on the theme of “the wilderness.” I submitted one short poem and promised a longer piece, then waited for inspiration. This week I was still waiting. So, having difficulty writing about […]

iMonk Classic: The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism (4)

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism, part 4 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 am continuing my series on The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. Here is part […]

Songs in the Wilderness

The Book of Psalms is a wilderness book. The final composition of Israel’s “hymnal” took place during and after the Babylonian Exile. In its final form, it stands as a book with a unified, coherent message; it is not simply a collection of songs and poems. The first two psalms introduce the book. Psalm 1 […]