October 22, 2017

Archives for August 2010

Saturday Ramblings—8.21.10

MOD NOTE: Thanks to Adam Palmer for doing our rambling for us this week! Jeff has taken leave of the iMonastery this week to visit our English friends across the pond (where they have monasteries that are only slightly older than this one), so it is up to me, Adam Palmer, to ramble today. Shall […]

A Simpler Emerging Way

By Chaplain Mike When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22, NRSV) “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your […]

Difficult Scriptures: Matthew 22:14

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14, NLT) In last week’s Difficult Scriptures, many of you thought the passage too easy. Or, perhaps, you didn’t care to dig deeply enough. There was a lot of meat left on that bone, monks. This week’s verse is a head-scratcher. Who are those who […]

IM Book Review: Sacred Pathways

One Size Fits None Review of Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas We’ve all held up ridiculously sized articles of clothing and scorned their boast that one size fits all, from Linda Hunt to Shaquille O‘Neal.  We know that clothes should be made in different sizes.  We accept that not all medicine is suitable for all […]

A Person of Peace in a Land of Lies

By Chaplain Mike This is the second in our series of “Midweek Psalms.” The first psalm in the “Psalms of Ascent,” the collection of Psalms that speak of the pilgrimages Israelites took to participate in the feasts in Jerusalem, is not about the journey, but about where the journey begins. In Psalm 120, the pilgrim […]

Where Is “Emerging” Now, and Where Is It Going?

By Chaplain Mike According to Rick Bennett, aka DJ Word, the obituary for the Emerging Movement has already been written: MINNEAPOLIS — The Emerging Church, the controversial Christian movement that inspired many to plant churches, leave behind their faith and question authority, died in her sleep Thursday following a short illness. She was 21 (according […]

Convince Me!

By Chaplain Mike OK, you are going to find out today just how cantankerous and out of touch the ol’ Chaplain is. The longer I have been a believer in and follower of Jesus, the less I have been attracted to “movements” (“fads?”) in the church. I realize this puts me at odds with those […]

The Emerging Movement: Getting the Big Picture

By Chaplain Mike Series Note: This is the first in a series of posts on the Emerging Church, one of the three “streams” that has come forth from the old evangelical coalition. In future weeks, we will discuss the Ancient-Future movement, and the New Reformed Movement. Getting a handle on a movement as diverse as […]

Three Streams in the Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike Here at IM, we recently noted that Scot McKnight joined a conversation at Patheos on “The Future of Evangelicalism” with his article “The Old Coalition Is Passing.” In his article, Scot observes that the old coalition of evangelicalism has become fragmented into “alternatives and elements” rather than an identifiable coalition. In particular, […]

A Gospel Thought for Monday Morning

By Chaplain Mike To start our week out, here is a  good thought from Tullian Tchividjian: I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after they believe it, they advance to deeper theological waters. Jonah helped me realize that the gospel isn’t the first step in […]