August 10, 2020

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...]

Yes, Free Will Exists

Yes, Free Will Exists Here is an interesting contribution to the ongoing debate of whether free will exists or not from Scientific American.  The article notes that debate began in earnest during the Enlightenment, but was … [Continue reading...]

“Your relationship with God grows uniquely in the soil that is your journey through life”

My friend Dory recently wrote: This year has been transitional for me, and I hope I'm not nearly done yet. I have deliberately stepped back from everything I thought I knew about traditional Christianity, racial divide, politics, … [Continue reading...]

JMJ: The South Shall (not) Rise Again!

Ramblings: The South Shall (not) Rise Again! By J. Michael Jones Mike writes at his blog J. Michael Jones • I am a product of the south. There are many things that a true southerner should be proud about...our Confederate … [Continue reading...]

Musick for the King – An Internet Monk Review

Few pieces of music can touch the soul like Handel's Messiah. Making this composition into the centerpiece of a historical of historical novel is a task that only a masterful hand dare try. Barrie Doyle delivers a masterpiece of … [Continue reading...]