December 14, 2017

Archives for May 2012

Saturday Ramblings 5.19.12

What a week it has been here at the iMonastery. We’ve had some very good conversations about some very difficult topics, which, I think, have left us all worn out. I think it might be nice if we all get a glass of iced tea, find a spot under the shade tree, and smile a […]

God’s Script for the Church

Fridays in Ephesus (6) God’s Script for the Church During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • “Exhortations fill the second half of Ephesians, as Paul draws out how the church performs its role in the […]

What We Should Do

This morning I asked the question, “Where should we draw the line in the sand concerning sexual sin?” The comments to that post have been thoughtful, insightful, challenging. This is a very difficult question, with really no clear answers. Yet it is a topic we cannot ignore. Because of President Obama’s stance on gay marriage, […]

Drawing A Line In The Sand

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.  [John 8:6, NLT] I have a friend—let’s call her Gwen—who is searching for a new church. This is a popular pastime in Tulsa. Church-hopping is an artform for many […]

Made Known at the Table

Journey into New Life, part six Made Known at the Table (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 Christ. […]

Tom Wright Sings Genesis

Several people have called my attention to this great video of N.T. Wright singing a song about Genesis to the tune of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” Nice job, Tom. But I gotta get me one of those “double helix” guitars!  

The Torah of Jesus (Matthew)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Three: The Torah of Jesus — Matthew • • • Jesus-shaped Christianity will grow out of the soil of a Story-shaped Gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in the Story and get to know the Gospels, the greater the impact the Gospel of […]

“Normal” Is Not Enough?

Update: several have noted  the plane crash last Friday, in which Ron Luce’s daughter was seriously injured. Out of respect for the Teen Mania family, please stick to the concept we’re discussing and do not direct your comments at this specific ministry. Note: This post is NOT a specific critique of the ministry cited. Please don’t […]

Nick Lannon on Lessons from Jr. Seau

From Derision to Compassion: The Death of Junior Seau by Nick Lannon Posted at Mockingbird on 5/9/12, and used by permission Nick’s blog: My Series of Tubes • • • It was like a switch was thrown. I was at an open gym, shooting baskets with a bunch of guys, talking about the news of […]

My first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”

Francis Chan must be reading a different Bible. The other day I watched a video clip from a message he gave at the 2012 Verve Conference in which he asserted that genuine Christian fellowship is missional fellowship. I think Francis Chan is partly right there, but the way he said it was striking and revelatory […]