October 20, 2017

Archives for July 2010

Should Christians Covet Poverty?

Some American Christians sentimentalize poverty.  They long for it as a simpler, more holy lifestyle.  They read accounts of praise-filled believers in far countries who barely have enough to eat or a roof over their heads, and they wonder if maybe poverty is a helpful or even necessary condition for the Christian life.  Jesus did […]

American Patriotic Christianity: A Canadian Perspective

By Michael Bell This past month we celebrated both Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on July 4th. This inspired some thoughts about getting some Canadian perspectives on “American Patriotic Christianity”. As I am the lone Canadian writer at Internet Monk, I gathered up seven of my Canadian, primarily “unchurched” friends, to get […]

Site Update: Blogroll, Links, & Facebook

By Chaplain Mike In our ongoing effort to keep Internet Monk up to date, tonight I added several new links to the Blogroll and Links side bars on the bottom right portion of the page. I hope you’ll find some sites that will encourage and help you. But. . . please keep coming back to […]

IM Book Review: A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church

By Chaplain Mike Warren Cole Smith’s book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church has a title with which I resonate. If you’ve been reading Internet Monk for any length of time, you’ll know that we describe ourselves in two ways: We are evangelicals. That is, we have been captured by the grace of God […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Teaching One Another)

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations for us all. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Today’s Gospel How many times have we had this desire in […]

iMonk Classic: The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated THE CHURCH OF WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ NOW Why American Evangelicals Desperately Need The World Christian Movement Back in the day, I used to take small town teenagers to Boston and Chicago on mission trips to work with inner city churches. One thing I could be sure of: the experience […]

Saturday Ramblings 7.24.10

Lexus is our usual horse for Saturday Ramblings. But as everyone deserves a vacation, we gladly granted her the weekend off. She said she had some shopping she wanted to do, get her mane done, things like that. Her pasture-mate, Majesty, is filling in today. You may say, “Big deal. A horse is a horse, […]

Open Mic: Short-Term Mission Trips

By Chaplain Mike According to Warren Cole Smith in his book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (full review to come later this weekend), short-term mission trips may be more of a problem than a productive way of doing the work of Christ’s Kingdom. He cites Robert Priest, professor of mission and intercultural studies […]

Reading Assignment

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to […]

Writers’ Roundtable: To Kill a Mockingbird

Led by Chaplain Mike Welcome to our second Writers’ Roundtable. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of our greatest American novels. I thought it would be fun and enlightening to have our writers read TKAM again, and have a discussion about it. I, Chaplain […]