November 24, 2017

Archives for May 2010

For Memorial Day: A Classic Michael Spencer Essay

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer My friend Mark is a soldier. A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he, in his own words, was “proud to be a Marine at a time my country needed my service.” I am proud of him, […]

Church as “Strong Family”?

By Chaplain Mike May’s Christianity Today includes a thought-provoking article by Joseph H. Hellerman, entitled, “A Family Affair: What would happen if we put we before me?” Hellerman is professor of NT at Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community. […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Trinity Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today is Trinity Sunday. This day marks one of the few feasts of the Christian Year that celebrates a reality and doctrine rather than an event or person. On Trinity Sunday we remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We will briefly consider this Sunday’s […]

iMonk Classic: The Last Gasp of Literate Christianity

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer The comment wasn’t all that unusual, but it has stuck in my head for weeks now. “Mr. Spencer, does it matter if I don’t read the Bible?” The student speaking was one of my juniors, attractive and smart, and one of the more visible, serious Christians on our little […]

Saturday Ramblings 5.29.10

Let’s see … yesterday was Friday, tomorrow is Sunday–even in Nebraska. That must mean it’s time for Saturday Ramblings, our effort to wipe the calendar clean of all the things we missed from this week. As St. Paul Harvey would say, Stand by for news! Collin Hansen has a report on “Why Johnny Can’t Read […]

Glenn Beck, Church Historian?

By Chaplain Mike Over at Art Boulet’s blog, he quotes the following historical recap about the Dead Sea Scrolls from Glenn Beck’s radio show: When Constantine decided that he was going to cobble together an army, he did the Council of Nicaea, right, pat? Council of Nicaea, and what they did is brought all of […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (3) Mission

By Chaplain Mike Note: When I originally ran this series on another blog, I introduced the “Mission” issue by telling the story “Who Is My Neighbor?” which was posted on IM January 20, 2010. You can read that post here. ROSES AND LILIES CHRISTIANITY This year, we held a series of Lenten services at our […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (2) Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Part three of a four-part series. Chaplain Mike the Pastor I have been in pastoral ministry since 1978, when I graduated from Bible college. I served as an assistant pastor in my home church (Southern Baptist) the summer after I graduated from Bible college. For five years, I was the pastor of […]

A Real Fight Of Faith

It stood to reason that a struggle with the Devil meant a spiritual struggle … the notion of a physical combat was fit only for a savage. If only it were as simple as that. (Perelandra by C.S. Lewis) I have been watching a lot of boxing on TV lately. I’ve always liked boxing–“the sweet […]

IM Book Review: The Complete Psalms

So the first question we must ask is: Do we really need another new translation of the Psalms? If you are a scholar looking for word-for-word accuracy or you are going into philology, then Pamela Greenberg’s The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation is definitely not for you. But if you […]