December 15, 2017

Archives for March 2011

“What the Soul Is in the Body, Christians Are in the World”

By Chaplain Mike Sometime between about 150 and 225 AD, a writer penned one of most winsome and descriptive commendations of the Christian church ever written. It is called The Epistle to Diognetus. We are not sure today about its exact date, author, or addressee. It likely fits within the time frame suggested, for it […]

Update: Ben’s Creation Class

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: Not long ago, iMonk community member Ben S. solicited our advice about teaching a class on creation to a group of young people. He promised us a report, and here it is. You guys rock! Firstly, I’d like to say that I was overwhelmed (but not surprised) by the quantity and […]

Difficult Scriptures

And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Luke 9:23, NASB). Perhaps the most difficult thing about this verse is not interpreting it correctly, but living it out. Just how does one deny himself as Jesus […]

Walking the Neighborhood

By Chaplain Mike I am currently reading Eugene Peterson’s The Pastor: A Memoir. Soon, Jeff and I will post a discussion on this remarkable retrospective from two points of view: that of a pastor and a parishioner. Today, I want share a simple story from the book. When Peterson was in seminary in New York […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (4)

Part Four (conclusion) of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic Michael Spencer post. I’ve Got A Question Are pastors called to be church growth “entrepreneurs?” The contemporary pastorate seems to be all about church growth, not Christian growth. Evangelism has even been eclipsed by church growth. Worship is now about church growth. The […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (3)

Part Three of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic Michael Spencer post. What’s Not to Like? As I have met and listened to these young pastors, I have been occaisonally impressed, but mostly distressed. With the surprisingly wide reach of some Internet Monk articles, I am sure that some young pastors believe I […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (2)

Part two of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic post by Michael Spencer Those Who Can’t, Teach My own seminary training was an example. I came from a church where the pastor was the preacher. His primary task was to pray, prepare and preach. Beyond that, pastoral care of the flock was expected, […]