December 11, 2019

iMonk Classic Series: Christians and Mental Illness (1)

Note from CM: Ten years ago, Michael re-ran a series about Christians and mental illness that he originally wrote in 2005. For the next few days this week, I will re-post edited versions of those pieces. Today, we read Michael's … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Life after Life after Death

Sermon: Luke 20:27-38 Life after Life after Death But resurrection life, Jesus insists, is qualitatively different. The ordinary events and relationships by which we track our journey though this mortal life -- marriage, … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 9, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 9, 2019 My Sorrow, when she's here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture … [Continue reading...]

Franciscan Friday: Franciscan and Lutheran

In my reading about St. Francis and Franciscan spirituality, I was happy to find that there are Lutheran Franciscan orders. The following is from the Common Questions section of The Order of Lutheran Franciscans. In the Lutheran … [Continue reading...]

A Review of “Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science” by Paul Wallace, Part 2.

A Review of “Love and Quasars: An Astrophysicist Reconciles Faith and Science” by Paul Wallace, Part 2. In Chapter 1- Two Ways of Seeing the Sun: Through the Eyes of Faith or the Eyes of Science? Wallace describes the childhood … [Continue reading...]

The glory of God’s people?

You have heard it said...but I have said to you... • Jesus • • • It was one of those small epiphanies that sometimes come in church. It happened to me last Sunday. The congregation was reading Psalm 149 responsively. I love … [Continue reading...]

Not so far

On Sunday our church commemorated All Saints Sunday. For many reasons, but particularly since I have engaged in work as a hospice chaplain, it has become one of my favorite Sundays of the year. It is not an easy Sunday. The day is … [Continue reading...]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Standing on My Own Trap Door?

Monday with Michael Spencer Standing on My Own Trap Door? (excerpt from Nov 2008) I can’t recall the author but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people … [Continue reading...]

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019 This year, on All Saints Sunday, I will replace my sermon in our Lutheran church with a responsive litany, spoken with the congregation. We will follow with the Apostles' Creed and then … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Brunch, November 2, 2019

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for brunch? It's November 2019 and Los Angeles is in a state of urban decay. The population has exploded to 106 million people, and humans face a new threat from manufactured … [Continue reading...]