The Learning, Conversing, Serving Community (5)

The Learning, Conversing, Serving Community (5) In this book, we will view the local church as a sort of learning organization, in which both learning and action lie at the heart of its identity. We will explore the practice of reading — perhaps the most important component of learning in the twenty-first century — andContinue reading “The Learning, Conversing, Serving Community (5)”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Shopping the Whole Mall

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Shopping the Whole Mall (2007) It started innocently enough. His name was Tim, and he was a Christian at my high school. There weren’t many of us, and we made friends despite those denominational differences that were supposed to matter so much. Tim invited me to a charismatic prayer meeting atContinue reading “Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Shopping the Whole Mall”

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 22, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 22, 2018 It’s the feast before the Feast, on this “Christmastime is here” edition of the Saturday Monks Brunch. Hope many will start the day with us before rushing out to complete their last minute shopping and getting the house ready for the annual family invasion on Christmas EveContinue reading “The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 22, 2018”

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 4 – My Pastor’s not a Heretic… Phew!

Well it’s official. The Gospel Coalition do not consider my Pastor a heretic. I don’t think I would have gotten off so lightly. I haven’t really talked about where I have been attending church the last few years, but what was intended to be a temporary location to place my butt on a Sunday morningContinue reading “Escaping the Wilderness: Part 4 – My Pastor’s not a Heretic… Phew!”

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 11, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 11, 2018 Greetings from Chicago! Gail and I are taking a few days to get away and enjoy some of Chicago’s treats, including an evening at Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. This was a classical music night, featuring one of the world’s greatest orchestras,Continue reading “The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 11, 2018”

Randy Thompson: Cisterns that Hold No Water — An OT Meditation on Political Power

Note from CM: I will be retreating this week to work on my book. You will be treated to a feast of thoughts from our IM writers, who have graciously submitted some poignant, thought-provoking, and discussion-inducing pieces. Throughout each day, I will be checking for comments that get held by the moderation system, but itContinue reading “Randy Thompson: Cisterns that Hold No Water — An OT Meditation on Political Power”

The Saturday Monks Brunch: May 26, 2018 — Memorial Day Edition

FOR MEMORIAL DAY From “Sorrowing Spring” by Joel Kurz at Plough Scarcely has a winter departed since childhood that I haven’t journeyed in my soul to Shiloh, that military park along the Tennessee River where, on April sixth and seventh of 1862, roughly one hundred thousand soldiers engaged in a bloody conflict that claimed nearlyContinue reading “The Saturday Monks Brunch: May 26, 2018 — Memorial Day Edition”

Jeff Dunn: A Lifetime of Advent

Note from CM: It’s a Christmas miracle! What a wonderful surprise to hear recently that our good friend and former Abbot here at Internet Monk, Jeff Dunn, is back at the writing desk and has a new site for us to recommend. It is The St. Paul Evangelization Society (SPES in our Links list below),Continue reading “Jeff Dunn: A Lifetime of Advent”

Against Sermonic, Neo-Puritan Prayers

As usual, John Piper’s theological and (I assume) pastoral instincts have led him to speak publicly about the hurricanes that have brought such chaos and damage upon our part of the world recently. Piper’s pronouncements have not turned out well in the past, from my perspective. At least this time, he gave us a prayerContinue reading “Against Sermonic, Neo-Puritan Prayers”

The Internet Monk Saturday Brunch: 4/8/17

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” Michael Spencer loved to laugh. In honor of the 7th anniversary of his death this week, I thought we’d startContinue reading “The Internet Monk Saturday Brunch: 4/8/17”