September 24, 2018

Archives for March 2011

Lent II

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 3:1-17 a sonnet a teacher who was learned and upright came out to visit jesus late one night immersed in scripture, ritual, and law impressed by signs of heaven that he saw and yet confused by words conveyed with love of kingdom gained by new birth from above and […]

The Bible Does Not Speak to That

By Chaplain Mike The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does […]

My Quick Take on the Bell Blow-Up

By Chaplain Mike Comments closed. The conversation is degenerating… I promise not to take too much of your time with this one. Subject: Rob Bell vs. Justin Taylor, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, et al. Scot McKnight gives an overview of various reviews of Bell’s book, Love Wins, here. Jimmy Spencer at Red Letter […]

Saturday Ramblings 3.19.11

Today will be a bit of a different sort of Saturday Ramblings. For one, once I eliminated all of the Rob Bell Is A Universalist stories, there really wasn’t much to report on. But we have some bigger things to discuss this week. Are you ready to ramble? I want to ask you to spend […]

Friday with the Fathers (2)

By Chaplain Mike On Fridays during the Lenten season, we are meditating on brief introductions to the Apostolic Fathers. These are the first Christian writings we have outside the pages of the New Testament itself. Dates range from the second half of the first century to the first half of the second century. The traditional […]

Our Inadequate Grasp of “Culture”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will join the conversation as I continue to work through James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In our first discussion, we talked through a question: If America has as many people with faith commitments as […]

The Four Holy Gospels

There are Bibles that you carry to church with you. For me, that’s a Pitt Minion Cambridge NASB. Then there are Bibles for studying. I have shelves full, ranging from the NET to a Dake to, oh, everything. And then there is the Bible as a work of art. As far as I know, there […]

Almost Like Being There

Editor’s Note: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For some time now, Martha of Ireland has been contributing outstanding comments to many of our essays. Now we turn the pen (ok, keyboard) over to her for a look at St. Patrick’s Day as it is celebrated in Ireland, and at the real St. Patrick—or as real as […]

Open Mic: Why So Little “Impact”?

By Chaplain Mike I am catching up with some books that I have wanted to read for some time. One is James Davidson Hunter’s, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, a provocative look at how we understand and call Christians to participate in the church’s […]

IM Book Review–The Pastor: A Memoir

By Chaplain Mike “The way is made by walking” (Antonio Machado) Eugene Peterson’s career as a pastor has been a living tortoise and hare fable. In an age of emphasis on church growth, Peterson was “the contemplative pastor.” As the calling of minister morphed into the job of CEO, whose main task is to “run […]