August 4, 2020

Mercy not Sacrifice (3): Of naked savages and crucified thieves

We are thinking through Richard Beck’s illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In our first post, we introduced his suggestion that disgust psychology can help explain the ways we view and … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: Independence Day 2020 Edition

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: Independence Day 2020 Edition • • 2020 is the perfect time to hear again the greatest speech in American history... Fellow-Countrymen: At this second appearing to take the oath of the … [Continue reading...]

IM Recommended Viewing: Hamilton

IM Recommended Viewing: Hamilton Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me America, you great unfinished symphony, you … [Continue reading...]

Facemasks Revisited

  Facemasks Revisited The wearing of a face mask when in public continues to be a matter of controversy.  A video of a man trying to force himself past a Walmart employee in Florida has gone viral.  A women in Ventura … [Continue reading...]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Just a guy with a life

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Just a guy with a life (excerpt from Chronicle of the Journey, 2008) I’m a fifty one year old guy whose days leading churches in his denomination are probably over, whose wife got burned out in … [Continue reading...]

Mercy not Sacrifice (2): How do we view the “unclean”?

We are thinking through Richard Beck's illuminating book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In our first post, we introduced his suggestion that disgust psychology can help explain the ways we view and … [Continue reading...]

Using God for Political Purposes

I am in the process of writing a post entitled "Five Six Seven Views Of God and the Corona Virus". The Post keeps changing the more I read and think about it. In considering all the different ways that I have heard people express … [Continue reading...]

Mercy not Sacrifice (part 1)

One of the most important and influential books I have read in the last decade is Richard Beck's Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. Along with Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: June 27, 2018

• • • The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: June 27, 2018 Welcome to Brunch. Each week just seems to get crazier and scarier. I'm running out of things to say and feeling the futility of the words I do find. Colt Clark and his … [Continue reading...]

“I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.”

In the play The Man of La Mancha Don Quixote said on his deathbed, “I just wanted to add a measure of grace to the world.” I can’t think of a better goal in life — or a better goal for today. Just to add a bit more grace to … [Continue reading...]