December 16, 2017

Archives for March 2007

Fifty Things You Didn’t Know….and one outright lie

UPDATE: Blast you Kyle Potter! You’ve read this blog for 7 years. You’ve read my confessional essays. You’ve got the bio memorized. Your iPod has the podcast all the way back to episode 1. You’re confident you could pass any quiz on the life and times of the iMonk. You’re wrong. Welcome to fifty things […]

Five Questions for Noel Heikkinen on the Mark Driscoll “Confessional.”

One of the most talked about posts in the blogosphere this week is Mark Driscoll’s report on his exhaustion, health problems and current explosive growth church situation. Reformed Catholicism and others wrote excellent responses. When I read Driscoll’s post, I decided I wanted to get the reaction of one of the pastors of one of […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Scripture Lessons

Josh at eucatastrophe and Pirate (at the BHT) have been writing about the public reading of scripture, something that is strangely absent in the worship and preaching of the vast majority of evangelicals. If you wanted examples of preaching that completely left out the Bible and any reasonable use of it, I could keep you […]

Riffs 3:19:07: Responding to Dan Edelen’s “The Holy Who?”

“I’m not a supporter of the Emerging Church, but I’m sympathetic to some of the reforms they’re calling for in the Church as a whole. Yet I’m utterly mystified that a reform movement could be so lacking in any concept of the Holy Spirit. Pneumatology in the Emerging Church? I’ve not heard one peep about […]

iMonk 101: Jesus, Tongue Piercing and The Culture War

About a year ago I wrote this piece on one-culture warrior’s evaluation of the phenomenon of tongue piercing. You will find a link to another IM piece on a similar subject as well. Posts about tattoos, piercings, fashion in general and other stereotypical attempts to portray the missional church as a collection of immature punk […]

Thoughts and Review: The Unseen by Craig Wright

The Unseen by Craig Wright, March 16, 2007, Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Humana Festival of New American Plays. It will probably be a long time before you have the opportunity to see Craig Wright’s stunning short play, “The Unseen.” If you get the chance, it will probably be at a university theater performance where some […]

Southern Baptists and the Emerging Church: Friends or Foes?

Mark DeVine, theology professor from Midwestern Seminary (and a man who knows his Barth), has looked seriously and deeply at the emerging church and suggests some directions for SBC interaction, avoidance and further study. A measured and competent essay, worth your time. [Or you can watch the video below. It’s more of a summary of […]

Missional Leaders: Right There All Along?

Hmmmm. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to be cool. Is this the face of the controversial and misunderstood missional church leader we keep talking about? Could it be that “missional” leaders have been right there all along, but our hang-ups on the subjects of culturally compromised churches led by twenty-somethings have fogged our vision? […]

An Example of Much-Needed Integrity: Biblical Requirements for Leadership

The issue of integrity is going to be huge in the Southern Baptist Convention in the next couple of decades. More and more younger leaders are calling for true integrity in commitment to what the Bible says, what we say and do, and what we declare is the will of God. Those battles for integrity […]

An Analysis of the Emerging Church

UPDATE: Check out the “Emeghing Remix” of the same video. OK…What a humorless crowd we’ve got around here. I’m not serious. This guy is, but this “analysis” is awful, though unfortunately is typical for many emerging critics. Several of you have asked for information on the Emerging Church. This comprehensive look at the Emerging Church […]