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Count On It – A Judd Hirsch Moment with Jim Munroe

An illustration that just may whet your appetite for the D.C. Conference

Count On It: The Essence of Mockingbird and Why Judd Hirsch is Like Jesus ~ Jim Munroe from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Hopelessly Devoted: First Timothy Chapter Two Verses Five and Six

This morning’s devotion comes to us from the Rev. Jim Munroe. 

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as the ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6, ESV)

In 1492, there were two prominent families in Ireland, the Butlers and the Fitzgeralds. They were in the midst of a bitter feud.

James_Butler,_1st_Duke_of_Ormonde_by_William_WissingSir James Butler and his followers took refuge in the chapter house of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. They bolted themselves in, seeking protection from Gerald Fitzgerald and his men.

As the siege wore on, Fitzgerald had a change of heart. Here were two families, living in the same country, worshipping the same God, in the same church, trying to kill each other. So Fitzgerald called to Butler, inviting him to unbolt the door and come out. Butler, understandably wary of treachery, refused.

So Fitzgerald seized his spear, cut away a hole in the door large enough for his hand, and then thrust his entire arm through the hole. Fitzgerald’s arm, extending into the chapter house, was completely vulnerable, totally undefended, and utterly available for being chopped off.

James Butler grasped Gerald Fitzgerald’s hand with his own and then opened the door. The two men embraced, and the feud was ended. Thus was born the expression, “Chancing the arm.”

That door and that hole still exist today. You can go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and see that evidence of chancing the arm.

But you don’t have to go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to be encountered by the one who chanced his arm for you. For you, and whatever feuds you face with whatever enemies stand behind your door, that arm through the door is the arm of Jesus Christ. Chanced for you, his arm through the door bears on its hand the scar of a nail hole. It is offered to you, barricaded inside all of your own inner-chapter houses.

Devotions from the 2015 NYC Conference

These gems come from our 2015 conference chaplain Jim Munroe.

Devotions – Jim Munroe from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Hopelessly Devoted: Ruth Chapter One Verses Fifteen Through Eighteen

As you may or may not know, Mockingbird has been working on a devotional for… quite a while now. “Devotional” being a fancy word for a compendium of 365 short reflections, or devotions, on Bible verses. We published forty of these a few years ago, under the title Two Words: Teaser Edition (still available!). The […]

Jim Munroe Is Stuck

I recently received a manila envelope full of Jim Munroe’s sermons in the mail. They are not recorded, meaning that reading them is the only way to dig into this man’s deeply insightful train of gospel thought. For me, his sermon “Stuck” (January 14, 2007) is the stand-out of the whole batch, and I’ve been […]

Sermon Illustration of the Day (from Very Rev. Jim Munroe’s Nov. 14, 2006)

Thank God, my ability to love is not a pre-condition for God to love me. Do you see that in fact it’s exactly the opposite? It is only with a huge picture of God’s love for me, that then I am able to begin to love. I close with one such picture. I learned of […]