November 24, 2017

Archives for June 2012

Follow Up: Jesus and Health Care

One of our good readers, Rick, made some comments yesterday that I both reacted to and rejoiced in. In the end, I agreed with him that the discussion needed to be directed more toward our purpose here at Internet Monk — to promote a Jesus-shaped Christianity. He wrote: “…It was just that I didn’t see […]

Saturday Ramblings 6.30.12

Welcome to the birthday edition of Saturday Ramblings. It was the birthday week for the Synonymous Rambler. Hey, the SR takes birthdays seriously. One day isn’t enough! Wednesday was my son’s 19th birthday. Friday was the birthday of my friend Mike Davis—and I am still recovering from his party. (He said it was BYOLS: Bring […]

Recommended: A Diary of Private Prayer

John Baillie was a leading Scottish churchman of the twentieth century. Professor of divinity at Edinburgh University from 1934 to 1956, he has been considered a “mediating” theologian, one who tried to take the best of Protestant Orthodoxy and liberal theology and combine them. He was a prolific writer, but is best known for two devotional […]

A Few Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act Decision and Health Care in the U.S.

I’m no expert, I’m not an overtly political person, and I think about 90% of political debate is bluster and posturing. But I am on the front lines when it comes to health care, and I thought I should share some thoughts on yesterday’s historic decision by the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act […]

Visiting Heaven

[Sorry this is late today. As Chaplain Mike often says, sometime real life intrudes … ] This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord.  I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out […]

Another Look: A Journey…to Wonder

First posted August 24, 2010 I have spent my adult life primarily in Bible-believing, non-denominational church settings. I experienced a conversion during the “Jesus Movement” of the late 60’s and early 70’s. I went forward during an invitation in a Southern Baptist church. Got dunked. Our youth group was serious about Bible study. We attended […]

Open Forum — June 26, 2012

Given the following facts… It is after midnight. I have been working on ideas for posts for several hours but am coming up empty. I just came off a week in my ministry in which I worked over 62 hours, including leading five funerals and attending at least a half dozen deaths, as well as […]

Another Look: A.W. Tozer on the Holy Spirit

“A doctrine has practical value only as far as it isprominent in our thoughts and makes a difference in our lives. By this test the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as held by evangelical Christians today has almost no practical value at all. In most Christian churches the Spirit is quite entirely overlooked. Whether He […]

What I Appreciate about the Charismatic Movements

I don’t want to leave our discussion of charismatic theology and practice without offering some words of appreciation for what I have gained and ways I think the church has benefited from its influence. Again, keep in mind that my experience is primarily with the “second wave” of charismatic renewal that blossomed in the 1960’s […]

My Journey alongside the Spirit-filled

I have a distinctly non-Pentecostal/Charismatic/Third Wave Christian heritage. (For the sake of easier reading, these three waves of “Spirit-filled” movements will be simply called “charismatic”  in the rest of the post) The steps of my ecclesiastical journey look like this: United Methodist (before charismatic influence) — Southern Baptist — dispensationalist Bible college — traditionally mainline […]