January 21, 2020

Happy New Year from Internet Monk

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Decade’s End: My Favorite Albums — 2010-2019 — PLUS Song of the Year 2019

DECADE'S END My Favorite Albums Each Year from 2010-2019 • 2010: Harlem River Blues, Justin Townes Earle Runner-up: American VI: Ain't No Grave, Johnny Cash 2011: Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars Runner-up: So Beautiful or So … [Continue reading...]

Randy Thompson: Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord

Christmas Cheer and the Fear of the Lord by Randy Thompson And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (Luke 2:8, KJV) In reading Luke’s account of the birth of … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: … [Continue reading...]

New Year’s Brunch, December 28 2019

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for a New Year's Brunch? I actually don't have any items about New Years in the New Year's Brunch. I just like saying New Year's Brunch. It makes me feel sophisticated and … [Continue reading...]

Christmas and the Empty Chair

Dear imonk friends. On Tuesday night’s Christmas Eve Service I shared some thoughts on what Christmas means to me after a year of great loss and pain. I am posting them here in hopes it may help someone.   2019 has been … [Continue reading...]

Review of “Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science” by Paul Wallace, Part 8.

Review of “Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science” by Paul Wallace, Part 8. Chapter 10 is entitled, At Home with Miracle Max: How Science Expands Our Understanding of Miracles.  Wallace begins the … [Continue reading...]

A Merry Christmas from Internet Monk

Welcome, all wonders in one sight! Eternity shut in a span; Summer in winter; day in night; Heaven in earth, and God in man. Great little one, whose all-embracing birth Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth. • From … [Continue reading...]

“God’s people have begun to know the manger of their Lord.”

The great Raymond E. Brown has often been a guide to me when it comes to the Christmas narratives in the New Testament. Here is an example of his insight -- applied to the Christmas Eve Gospel (Luke 2). May God grant us all a … [Continue reading...]

Monday with Michael Spencer: My Favorite Piece of Christmas Liturgy

My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. … [Continue reading...]