December 16, 2017

Archives for September 2010

Saturday Ramblings 9.18.10

Ah, the leaves are starting to change colors. Fresh apples are in the stores. Jugs of apple cider, too. Football is in full swing. The temperatures are cooling in the evening to where you almost need a sweater. Fall is in the air. Ah-choo! (Excuse me.) And so is the pollen. So grab a Gala […]

The Myth of Independence

By Chaplain Mike “When God blesses us, He almost always does it through other people.” â–ª Gene Edward Veith STOP. Think for a moment about what made it possible for you to read that sentence. First of all, you had to be here, which means at some point in time, you were born. This happened, […]

A Favorite Hymn: “This Is My Father’s World”

By Chaplain Mike Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World“, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn […]

Difficult Scriptures

Ok, iMonks. Time for another edition of Difficult Scriptures. And I need your help with this one. Matthew 11:12 is a key passage in an essay I am working on for this site. Just what do you think Jesus is referring to here? From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of […]

Small Victories

By Chaplain Mike This is a shameless advertisement for a friend, to whom I have alluded many times on iMonk. Several years ago, one of the transforming experiences of my life took place when, by God’s grace, I was allowed to walk with a family through the terminal illness and death of their son. Daniel […]

Writers’ Roundtable Discussion Of Robert Capon’s Between Noon And Three

Editor’s note: Before you read this discussion of Robert Farrar Capon’s Between Noon and Three: Romance, Law, and the Outrage of Grace, I urge you to read, or re-read, Michael Spencer’s essay titled Our Problem With Grace. Michael and I talked often about how Christians struggle with the concept of receiving our salvation freely from […]

Signs You Might Be Practicing Churchianity (1)

By Chaplain Mike There are plenty of funny church signs out there. I thought we’d begin to look around for signs that communicate something different—the possibility that a church might be advertising “mere churchianity” rather than a Jesus-shaped life. Note the key words—“might be.” When I show you a church sign like the one below, […]

iMonk Classic: Three Days among the Mainlines

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 21, 2008 Unless you’ve been brought up in the insular confines of fundamentalism, it’s going to be hard to understand what it’s been like for me spending three days with “the other kind” of Christians this week. “The other kind” in this instance are mainline protestants, […]

“This SA Meeting Is Now in Session”

By Chaplain Mike Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion to me was like rounding a bend in the highway and driving straight into a blinding sun so bright that it […]

Calvin on Loving Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike As I have been thinking and reading about the doctrine of Vocation lately, it struck me that one of the foundations this teaching is built upon is the theology of common grace. One group of Christians that has thought (and battled!) about common grace are the Calvinists. In fact, debates and conflicts […]