October 18, 2017

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (1) Worship

By Chaplain Mike Part two of a four-part series. The most important issue to us in our journey from evangelicalism has been that of corporate worship. For thirty years now, this theme has always been at or near the center of our thinking and practice in ministry. In the last post, I summarized my critique […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: You can read an earlier statement on this subject, called, “My Post-Evangelical Wilderness,” here. IM has been long known for its pointed critiques of evangelicalism. In less than a month, Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity, will be released, and I guarantee it will make a huge splash in this ongoing conversation. […]

IM Book Review: The Divine Commodity

By Chaplain Mike Darn that Skye Jethani! He has written the book I wanted to write: an insightful, stern, yet gracious critique of evangelical culture, illustrated by the works and stories of Vincent van Gogh, and linked with the wisdom of spiritual practices. And he did it well. It’s called The Divine Commodity: Discovering a […]

Pursuit Of Happiness?

Editor’s note: Joe Spann will be contributing to our iMonk community from time to time. He previously wrote about our Dangerous God. Joe is not a “professional Christian,” simply a follower of Jesus learning as he goes. And for the record, I am the “friend” who asked the question that got this whole topic started–Jeff […]

Our Dangerous God

Two and a half years years ago a friend of mine stepped forward in our Sunday morning service to share a message he had wrestled with for weeks. It was not a message he was excited to share, but knew that God was compelling him to do so. The word he shared that morning changed […]

Weird Uncle Harry — the Music Video

By Chaplain Mike. Warning: Many of you won’t have the stomach to watch more than a few minutes of this. One thing I have always appreciated about Michael is his courage to point out “Christian” craziness and call it for what it is. Some people object to that kind of truth-telling, thinking it is somehow […]

The Real Meaning of Easter?

By Chaplain Mike. According to Rick Warren, Easter is about “growing your church.” He exhorts pastors in a recent Christian Post article to “use Easter” to break growth barriers in their congregations. Easter, a means to an end. A prime marketing opportunity for the real business of evangelicalism: church growth.

Practice Resurrection, part one

Today’s post is by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. Here on Internet Monk, Michael has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of pastor, author, and professor Eugene Peterson. And I am right there with him in my admiration of Peterson’s writings. If you would like to go back and read […]

Redeeming a Dirty Word

Today’s post is by guest blogger, Chaplain Mike Those of you with sensitive ears, cover them for a moment. I’m about to utter a dirty word. OBLIGATION. Let me give you another one. DUTY. I confess to being partially accountable for the fact that these are dirty words to many today, for I grew up […]

It’s “Holy Week” in America

Today’s guest post is by Chaplain Mike. UPDATE: Scot McKnight is discussing this over at Jesus Creed today as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed in sports. Sports were a part of almost everything I did, every friendship, most […]