The God at work behind closed doors

• My Internet Monk career began with an interview about something that Michael Spencer was struggling with — how Christians deal with death and dying. I wrote the following as an introduction when I edited and re-posted the original article in 2011. On November 17, 2009, I wrote my first post for Internet Monk. Actually,Continue reading “The God at work behind closed doors”

Creation Care: “A Crossroads for Humanity”

And God said, “Let us make a human being in our image, by our likeness, to hold sway over the fish of the sea and the fowl of the heavens and the cattle and the wild beasts and all the crawling things that crawl upon the earth And God created the human in his image,Continue reading “Creation Care: “A Crossroads for Humanity””

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: No Regrets

Tuesday with Michael Spencer No Regrets (from 2009, edited) Young folks in ministry. Adults living in regret. This is for you…. There was a time, in the last decade, that I constantly and painfully struggled with regrets about various choices I’d made in my life. I regretted not finishing doctoral studies. (I made it 37Continue reading “Tuesday with Michael Spencer: No Regrets”

Wendell Berry: “Work flowerlike”

• Shall we do without hope? Some days there will be none. But now to the dry and dead woods floor they come again, the first flowers of the year, the assembly of the faithful, the beautiful, wholly given to being. And in this long season of machines and mechanical will there have been smallContinue reading “Wendell Berry: “Work flowerlike””

Labor Day 2019 — Another Look: Adam and Eve – A Failure of Vocation

Labor Day 2019 Another Look: Adam and Eve – A Failure of Vocation What the Bible offers is not a “works contract,” but a covenant of vocation. The vocation in question is that of being a genuine human being, with genuinely human tasks to perform as part of the Creator’s purpose for his world. TheContinue reading “Labor Day 2019 — Another Look: Adam and Eve – A Failure of Vocation”

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: We are not self-invented folks

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann We are not self-invented folks There is a mistaken notion that we are self-starters, individuals who “possess” capacity and worth. And we can make do and can do, if we try harder. Such a view belongs to American notions of success and progress. But it really doesn’t work. We cannot makeContinue reading “Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: We are not self-invented folks”

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Calling and Resistance

It’s almost the definition of a calling that there is strong inner resistance to it. The resistance is not practical—how will I make money, can I live with the straitened circumstances, etc.—but existential: Can I navigate this strong current, and can I remain myself while losing myself within it? Reluctant writers, reluctant ministers, reluctant teachers—theseContinue reading “Sunday with Christian Wiman: Calling and Resistance”

Wendell Berry: “The best of human work…”

The best of human work defers always to the in-forming beauty of Nature’s work. But human work, true to the nature of places as it should be, is not natural and is not a mirror held up to nature. At best it is the gift of the Heavenly Muse to the farmer’s art or theContinue reading “Wendell Berry: “The best of human work…””

Genesis: Where It All Begins (4)

What the Bible offers in the beginning is not a “works contract,” but a covenant of vocation. The vocation in question is that of being a genuine human being, with genuinely human tasks to perform as part of the Creator’s purpose for his world. The main task of this vocation is “image-bearing,” reflecting the Creator’sContinue reading “Genesis: Where It All Begins (4)”