December 18, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 8, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 8, 2018 Another week of Advent, another week closer to Christmas, and here we are. Welcome to our weekly Brunch, where things are beginning to take a decidedly holiday tone. There's egg nog … [Continue reading...]

“America’s last, great soldier-statesman”

I choked up, too — for the decent and honorable leadership, now missing, that reflects the true greatness of America. • Dana Milbank • • • Jon Meacham, historian and biographer of George Herbert Walker Bush, spoke at his … [Continue reading...]

Beyond the Sixth Extinction

Beyond the Sixth Extinction It has been pretty well established there have been 5 mass extinction events in the earth’s past.  They were: 445 Million Years Ago – End of the Ordovician Period – 57% of all genera – most … [Continue reading...]

“Winter: A Dirge,” by Robert Burns

Winter: A Dirge By Robert Burns The wintry west extends his blast, And hail and rain does blaw; Or, the stormy north sends driving forth The blinding sleet and snaw: While tumbling brown, the burn comes down, And roars frae … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: The Advent Question

Note from CM: Over at Christianity Today you'll find an article by Courtney Ellis entitled, "The Case for an Early Christmas." In it she tries to strike a balance between marking Advent and including some celebration of Christmas … [Continue reading...]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Mood of Advent

Monday with Michael Spencer The Mood of Advent I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more … [Continue reading...]

Sermon Advent I: We Wait for Shalom

Sermon Advent I:  We Wait for Shalom (Jeremiah 33:14-16) The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause … [Continue reading...]

Site Update: It’s been a battle, and we sustained a few losses

Note from CM: I've completed the process of migrating our site to a new hosting platform. I learned I'm a complete philistine when it comes to the behind-the-scenes workings of our site. I also learned that instructions … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 1, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 1, 2018 Welcome to December! In our family that means a lot of birthdays, anniversaries, and holiday celebrations. Of course, we'll be eating far more than our share, but that doesn't mean … [Continue reading...]

Excerpt from “Show Me the Path”

From Show Me Your Path: Cultivating a Life of Discernment By Michael Mercer (Chaplain Mike) • • • As we try to mark the path of wisdom and discernment, it is important to recognize that these qualities are not ends in … [Continue reading...]