November 22, 2017

Archives for July 2010

What’s In A Name?

I hate name tags. I really do. On the “hate” scale, I hate them more than I hate tomatoes, but not quite as much as I hate the Michigan Wolverines. About once a quarter or so, someone at church will decide that it is “Name Tag Sunday” and everyone will be greeted at the door […]

The Terror Of Faith

(It may be that the things I say below will be useless or even damaging to some people at this point in their life of faith.  I hope those people will ignore what I’ve written if it’s unhelpful to them.  Caveat lector.) Growing in faith is an extremely dangerous proposition.  It’s been compared to leaping […]

Saturday Ramblings 7.31.10

Both Lexus and Majesty, the horses who have graced Saturday Ramblings these last few months, have scampered off to greener pastures. Fortunately, we have found a suitable replacement. Mr. Bones will be with us for the foreseeable future, as no one else seems to want to step to the plate. With that introduction, please welcome […]

Anne Rice Through With Christianity

Anne Rice, the novelist best known for Interview With A Vampire, announced that she is through with Christianity. On her Facebook site, Rice wrote this comment on Wednesday: For those who care, and I understand if you don’t: Today I quit being a Christian. I’m out. I remain committed to Christ as always but not […]

A “Mass” of Catholics

Today’s post is from guest blogger Daniel Jepsen One of the great things about the English language is its utter absurdity.  Foreigners trying to learn English can be forgiven for wondering if we made up some rules just to confuse them. Take collective nouns for animals.  Instead of just calling several members of the same […]

A Long Pause from Impermanence

By Chaplain Mike I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several […]

The Sweat Of Our Brow

In retrospect, I probably should’ve brought the map. Footstep after footstep, one in front of the other, each one of them leading me and my pregnant wife farther astray on the hiking trail. But it was a nice summer day, overcast, not too hot, and the trails weren’t that steep. So we did our best […]

Defining Terms: Evangelical and Post-Evangelical

“Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness” is the byline of this website. In recent days I have received a number of questions from readers, emailers, and Facebook friends asking me to define “post-evangelical” for them. Here’s a review of how I, Chaplain Mike, use this designation. Michael Spencer called himself “post-evangelical,” and to clarify that he […]

The Store Is Open

You will notice a new ad on our home page. If you didn’t notice it, please take time to notice it now. There. Nice, isn’t it? We are happy to announce the opening of iMonkPublishing, a new part of the Internet Monk community. This is a place where you can buy books that we recommend […]

IM Recommended Reading: Who Speaks for Evangelicals?

By Chaplain Mike An interesting piece over at Out of Ur blog by John Ortberg asks the question, “Who speaks for evangelicals today?” This question reflects the diversity in the movement that exists under evangelicalism’s umbrella today. It wasn’t long ago, Ortberg says, that evangelicals had a sense of “relational interconnectedness” and that it was […]