iMonk Classic: How My Wife’s Catholicism Has Changed Me For The Better: A Birthday Reflection

First posted in September, 2008. I got some nice things for my 52nd birthday. A new iPod. (Blue, 4th generation Nano. Be envious.) A book of Benedictine Daily Prayer. (I’m figuring it out.) Birthday cake (Oatmeal. Mmmm) with my wife, daughter and son-in-law. (Their rendition of Happy Birthday somehow made me feel I was boardingContinue reading “iMonk Classic: How My Wife’s Catholicism Has Changed Me For The Better: A Birthday Reflection”

11 Years of Same-Sex Marriage: A Canadian Perspective

In yesterday’s post Chaplain Mike asked “How do you envision your pastor, church, denomination, tradition responding to this new reality?” I have a slightly different perspective on this, as being in Canada I can look backwards to see has transpired.  In my home province of Ontario, same sex marriage has been legal for over eleven years.Continue reading “11 Years of Same-Sex Marriage: A Canadian Perspective”

The Balance Has Tipped

Comments on this post are now closed. Thank you for a good discussion. . . . It was a good week for same-sex marriage advocates. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied petitions to review cases about the issue in states including Utah, Virginia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. But the effects are wider. Because theContinue reading “The Balance Has Tipped”

David Cornwell: Why Christians Have Children

Moving beyond the obvious, have you given serious thought as to why we have children? What difference does it make that we are Christian? Did you and your spouse discuss this ahead of time? What part in your decision did, or will, the Church make?  Does your specific church have any teachings about this, andContinue reading “David Cornwell: Why Christians Have Children”

My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)

I have have spent the last couple of days reflecting on work life balance. Or rather, my lack thereof. My apologies to those who have offered to help with Michael Spencer’s commentary on Mark. I keep meaning to get back to you, but this issue of work life balance is one of the things thatContinue reading “My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)”

A Culture War Conundrum

Ah, here’s a tricky one. According to a report by Daniella Silva of NBC News: A federal judge has found key parts of Utah’s anti-polygamy law to be unconstitutional, ruling in favor of a polygamous family known for their reality television show. While all 50 states across the nation have laws against bigamy, prohibiting peopleContinue reading “A Culture War Conundrum”

How I Teach My Children About Jesus

I first met Laree Lindburg at a writers’ conference six or seven years ago. We have been good friends, and even business partners, ever since. Laree, her husband, and their three boys live in a flyover state in the heartland. I asked her to share how she teaches her boys about Jesus. Welcome Laree toContinue reading “How I Teach My Children About Jesus”

A “Biblical” View of Marriage?

NOTE FROM CM: The following article was written by Robert R. Cargill, assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Iowa; Kenneth Atkinson, associate professor of history at the University of Northern Iowa; and Hector Avalos, professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. From The Des Moines Register: The debate about marriage equalityContinue reading “A “Biblical” View of Marriage?”

iMonk: “Marriage = Running Wounded”

From Michael Spencer’s classic post, On Running Wounded * * * Ask anyone who is married. We really are running wounded, and sometimes nothing seems more ridiculous than the proposition that we can really bring about more good than harm, or experience more love than suffering in this vulnerable relation called marriage. The reality isContinue reading “iMonk: “Marriage = Running Wounded””