April 30, 2017

Archives for January 2005

Those Know-Nothing Evangelicals

Over the past five years I have written a number of things that build a basic “iMonk” critique of evangelicalism. If you missed the basic class, there’s no reason you should be left out. Therefore, I present….reruns of some of my better work. Let’s find out why high profile American Evangelicals have decided to go […]

Outing Joel Osteen: A Challenge to the Evangelical Blogosphere

Before you read this post, I want to ask you to read two interviews with Joel Osteen and the first part of his book. The first is at Beliefnet.com. The second is at FaithfulReader.com. Here is the book excerpt at Amazon. Here is a long excerpt from the first chapter of Your Best Life Now […]

The iMonk Weekend File: 1/29/05

Put down that remote, don’t touch that dial. It’s what every blogger envies: The iMonk Weekend File. (Otherwise known as taking a break from blogging about homosexuals and James Dobson to chase and shoot a few other rabbits.) This week’s program: My Beef with Mac recipe, Christianity’s problem with politics, and the books I bought […]

How did Paul respond to homosexuality in his culture?

Paul faced homosexuality in his culture. What did he do?

Dobson Doesn’t Represent Me

The discussion at the BHT these days has drifted towards James Dobson, and I finally posted how I feel about this good man who doesn’t represent me and my views most of the time. Criticizing anything about Dobson brings on the mail, so keep those cards and letters coming. Update: What do I believe about […]

The Laughter Just Beyond The Door

When I was a little boy, we lived in a very small house, and my bedroom was connected to the living room by one door. My bed was in the corner of this big bedroom, and I would go to bed- depending on my age- at 8 or 9 or 10. And I would lay […]

The iMonk’s Weekend File 1/22/05

I’ve got three topics running around in my head. All are important and deserve some ink. I’ll call it the iMonk’s Weekend File. Nothing too long and complex, but enough to say things that need to be said. Maybe they will reappear later as actual IM essays or BHT discussions. Would love your comments or […]

What’s best for the children: A story about Bob

Somewhere in this world, there is a guy named Bob. Bob is a Christian. Married. Couple of small kids. He’s got the family every church wants. And that is the problem. Every church in town has a children’s program for Bob’s kids. There’s a clown at this church, pizza at that one, a children’s choir […]

What He Believed, He Lived: A Tribute to the Rev. W.O. Spencer

On Sunday morning, January 9th, 2005, my uncle, the Rev. Willie Offutt “W.O.” Spencer came to the end of his earthly journey. He was 88 years old. Married to my Aunt Dot for 67 years, pastor of my home church- Hall Street Baptist- for 25 years, and active in the ministry for over 50 years. […]

A Prayer for Alex: What to do when your child says he doesn’t believe any more.

A friend stopped in to ask me some questions about her 6th grade son’s sudden announcement that he no longer believed in God or Jesus. Our time was simply too short for a substantial answer, so I thought it would be a good topic for an essay. Probably others are facing similar struggles with your […]