November 23, 2017

Archives for March 2009

iMonk 101: Jesus, Joel and The Hard Parts of the Gospel

From February of 2005. I’ve never reprinted this one and it’s one of the most “Jesus shaped” essays I’ve written. I have renamed it. It was originally called “Read It Again…And Don’t Skip The Hard Parts.” Let’s be honest. A lot of Christians have no idea what to do with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ […]

How Many Different Kinds of Pastors Are There?

Part II of my thoughts about Gillispie and your pastor. I just got a bit carried away. (Read in best grumpy old man’s voice.) Gather round the ol’ Internet Monk, you young whipper snappers. What the heck have you kids done with the pastor? No, not where did you tie him up, but what did […]

The iMonk on “The God Whisperers” Talking CEC

I recently did an interview with the guys at The God Whisperers, an awesome Lutheran theology podcast that you can hear on Pirate Christian Radio. We talked Coming Evangelical Collapse and lots of other things. I had a great time and it’s one of my favorite discussions. Here’s the site and it runs on QT.

Billy Gillispie and Your Pastor: What do they have in common? (Part 1 of 2)

The commonwealth of Kentucky where I reside is currently completely captivated by the drama surrounding the firing of University of Kentucky Men’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie. Gillispie had only been at UK for two years. Both years featured lackluster performances in comparison to fan expectation, but Gillispie was just starting to recruit his own players. […]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #132

This week: Is evangelism healthy? What are we defending in the Bible? Putting the leavers and quitters back on evangelical radar. SBC Voices Blog Madness: I need your vote next week. Valerie Tarico’s book on evangelicalism. New Reformation Press. New products available now. New music and DVDs. Intro music by Daniel Whittington. Exit Music by […]

The Liturgical Gangstas 9: Church Planting

UPDATE: Alan Creech has joined us. Welcome to IM’s popular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Rev. Peter Vance Matthews is an Anglican priest and founding pastor of an AMIA congregation. Dr. […]

Looking For An Exit From The Journey With Jesus

John 6:60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” 61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The […]

Recommendation: Singing the Faith

I enjoy doing recommendations and reviews most of the time. If the product I’m recommending is absolutely amazing, and I know the IM audience is going to enjoy it, then it’s a real pleasure. It’s an absolute, unqualified pleasure to recommend to you the Good Shepherd Institute’s 4 session course and 80 minute DVD, Singing […]

What’s Growing In The Shadow of Anger?

Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences arrived, to be completely defensive. Insight into his own character wasn’t much of an interest. Finding others guilty […]

A Great Commission Resurgence: Is It A Possible SBC Future? (Part 2 of Thoughts On My Denomination Today)

The previous post was “Avoiding Death By Nostalgia.“ I have a job, a home and a paycheck every month because the Southern Baptist Convention (actually the Kentucky Baptist Convention) believes in cooperative evangelism. I was evangelized and won to Christ by a Southern Baptist Church. I’ve spent my life- since I was a teenager- evangelizing […]