December 14, 2017

Archives for May 2012

Adam McHugh: The Writer as Mystic and Madman

Note from CM: One avenue of interest that I like to explore as I write is the craft of writing itself. Today, Adam McHugh helps us think about writing as an ancient practice “that unfolds our souls and opens our hearts and minds to the God who speaks to us, with us, and through us.” […]

“But” Out Of God’s Love

“God is love.” Honestly . . . how do you react, deep down in your gut, when someone invokes that little quote from John’s first epistle? I believe most thoughtful evangelicals are like me on this, if  honest. We have a hard time trusting love, don’t we? Whenever any kind of apologetic or doctrinal debates turn […]

Gordon Fee on Ephesians 5.18-33

I hope you will take the time to view this excellent study by Gordon Fee about the cultural background and context of the “household” teachings of Ephesians 5:18-33.      

Up and On Our Way

Journey into New Life, part seven (conclusion) Up and On Our Way (Luke 24) Our Gospel text for this Easter season is Luke 24:13-35, the story of the risen Lord’s encounter with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. In this passage Luke tells us what it means to walk with the living Lord Jesus […]

How the ELCA Dealt with the Issue of Homosexuality

Let me begin on a personal note. The 2009 ELCA decision to approve their social statement on human sexuality, with its provisions for homosexuality, have never been on my radar in terms of why I choose to affiliate with the ELCA. I explained in this morning’s post that these things have never been “hot-button” issues […]

Chaplain Mike’s “Agenda”

In the comments on yesterday’s post, some of you questioned my motives and my “agenda” for discussing Bible verses that directly address the subject of homosexuality. Well, let me lay it out plainly for you. To be perfectly honest, this is not something I would prefer to talk about. It has never been an issue […]

What Does the Bible Actually Say about Homosexuality?

MOD NOTE: I have been deleting and editing a lot of comments because you are not sticking to the topic. This post is about one thing — EXAMINING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. It is not about our personal reflections or ethical considerations of the subject. All I want to do is look at […]

Where Our Best Dreams Come From

A Moment with Frederick Buechner “Where Our Best Dreams Come From” Somebody appears on your front stoop speaking your name, say, and you go down to open the door to see what’s up. Sometimes while it’s still raining, the sun comes out from behind the clouds, and suddenly, arching against the gray sky, there is […]

Dan Bouchelle: “So You Are Angry?”

Note from CM: This is one of the best posts I have read in a long time. I saw it quoted on another blog and the excerpt was so challenging to me that I knew immediately I had to read the entire piece. The fact is, many of us are angry. We are angry about […]

iMonk Classic: The Jonah 4 Club

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from May 2008 Here’s a useful question for me right now. (Maybe it will be useful to you, or maybe not.) Can you find places in scripture where someone had to drastically revise their idea of God in order to know and follow the true God? If so, why […]