October 20, 2017

Archives for May 2011

Let’s Discuss…Baptism

By Chaplain Mike This past Sunday we had a baptism in our Lutheran church. Four small children received the sacrament and were introduced to the congregation as members of God’s family. This led to a discussion after worship among members of our family who have been in churches that practice only believer’s baptism. At the […]

Happy 70th, Bob Dylan

By Chaplain Mike Part way through my morning, I remembered it was Bob Dylan’s seventieth birthday. I scrolled through my iPod playlist and saw that I had a “Dylan Mix” there. So, here are the 25 songs with which I celebrated Dylan today. There could have been a hundred more, but these 25 served just […]

iMonk Classic: An Appetite for Fanaticism—Is There Something Wrong with Saying ‘You’ve Gone Too Far’?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from Chaplain Mike: The Harold Camping debacle over the weekend made it clear that many in our culture and in our Christian circles remain susceptible to fanaticism and the fervor that false teaching and imbalanced emphases often work up. I thought it would be a good time […]

Harold Camping, Plowboys, and the Peril of Jouissance

By Chaplain Mike One of the books I am currently reading is David Fitch’s The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology. (See Scot McKnight’s recent series reviewing this book.) One of the concepts from Fitch’s book that rang true to me was that of jouissance. Jouissance is […]

A New Missions Field

Have you ever thought you might have a calling to missions?  I have a suggestion for you. I won’t try to convince you that this new field is more deserving or better or more desperate than a hundred others.  All mission fields are important.  People might get competitive about missions, but how can God compete […]

Easter V

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 14:1-14 when in the dimness of an upper room my troubled heart fears an ending an abandoning, a bereaving i cannot bear the world that i have known changing the one whom i have followed departing the path that i have walked ending my hope, so solid, dissipating the […]

A Way Forward for Eschatology

By Chaplain Mike Two years ago, Scot McKnight did a five-part series called “The Future of Christian Eschatology” on his Jesus Creed blog. We have all had this subject on our mind this week, thanks to the looney predictions of Harold Camping and all the press they received. Today, I offer a summary from one […]

iMonk Classic: Three Questions about a “Secret Rapture”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 7, 2006 Advocates of the rapture make much of the texts in Luke and Matthew that speak of “one taken, one left.”—“I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women […]

Saturday Ramblings 5.21.11

Welcome to the Judgment Day edition of Saturday Ramblings. You’ll want to read quickly today—it wouldn’t do to not be finished with the Ramblings before 6 p.m. Pacific today, would it? Of course, those on the east coast have time for dinner and a movie before we’re all … uh, what is it we’re all […]

My Last Post . . . Ever!

By Chaplain Mike After 6pm tomorrow night, I will either be “caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thess 4:17), or so busy dealing with the aftermath of The Global Earthquake that will shake the world, that I will not have time for blogging. And since I have decided not […]