December 15, 2017

Archives for May 2009

The Jesus Disconnect (5): The Processes of Discipleship

So how does the material in the “rest of the Gospels” come into the Christian life? What are the “processes of Discipleship” we see in the first half of the Gospels that should be integrated into faith in the crucified and risen one? 1. We should start with affirming the perspective we’ve gained. The Kingdom […]

Adjectives and Calvinists: A Killer Combination

No one….No one….excels at rhetoric like Calvinists. I’m sorry guys, love ya, but some of you are the biggest fan clubbers I’ve ever seen. Brian Mclaren doesn’t have this kind of devotion. And N.T. Wright can only dream. Calvin’s birthday has given the rhetorical athletes a chance to really strut their stuff. I know we […]

The Jesus Disconnect (4): Paul and J.C. Ryle On Justification, Christian Growth And Christlikeness

NOTE: Many of today’s commenters should go to New Reformation Press and buy that “Weak On Sanctification” shirt. You’d look good in it. Some texts related to being “connected” to Jesus in salvation by faith and in growing as disciples into Christlikeness. Justification by grace, Kingdom discipleship and growth following. No “”Jesus disconnect here”: Colossians […]

The Jesus Disconnect (3): Kingdom, Discipleship and Cross

The second half of the Gospel of Mark is dominated by Jesus’ focus on the cross. He begins predicting his passion, death and resurrection in chapters 8, 9 and 10, and arrives in Jerusalem in chapter 11. On the way to Jerusalem, starting with the first prediction in chapter 8, Jesus begins a focus on […]

iMonk 101: What Was Jesus Like?

This May 2008 post is from a series I did called “The Jesus Shaped Question.” You can find it in the “Jesus Shaped” category on the sidebar. It goes along with the material in “The Jesus Disconnect.” Mark 3:20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. […]

The Jesus Disconnect (2): How does the ministry of Jesus fit into our consideration of Jesus?

UPDATE: In the latter part of this IM essay, I deal with some of this issue. I am continuing an extended series on how and why so many Christians are disconnected from Jesus as he is revealed in the Gospels. We began here. How does the ministry of Jesus fit into our consideration of Jesus? […]

The Jesus Disconnect (1): What and Why?

I want to write some posts exploring what I am going to call “The Jesus Disconnect.” Nothing has impressed me more in my last few years of writing, reading and discussion than the disconnect the average Christian believer feels from the ministry of Jesus, specifically his miracles, exorcisms, teachings, training of disciples and encounters with […]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #140

This week: A surly podcast about responses to the coming evangelical collapse, and Scot Mcknight’s outstanding analysis of the evangelical Gospel. Support the IM sponsors: New Reformation Press. New products available: New music and DVDs. Emmaus Retreat Center. A great place for your next group or individual retreat. The Devotional Christian. All the best online […]

Michael Bell: How To Stop The Hemorrhaging: A Follow Up To The Pew Forum Data

IM First Officer Michael Bell follows up his look at the Pew Forum Data on Changes in Religious Affiliation. In my previous post at Internet Monk, I looked at two surveys conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S. that was released a […]

What Did Jesus’ Version of Community Look Like?

Commenter: Please explain what you mean by:”community as Jesus exemplified it”. Thanks It is the community that Jesus created and demonstrated during his earthly ministry. I would describe it as: Cross cultural: Jesus crossed every available cultural barrier to announce and practice the Kingdom. Counter cultural: Jesus was offering an alternative to the dominant cultural […]