October 19, 2017

Archives for February 2013

On Fire … Or Burned Out?

The email asked what the sender, I’m sure, meant as a good question for good Christians: “Are you on fire for Jesus?” It was an invitation to a conference, or to watch some service online. I forget which. But, as the email went on to say, if we are to see our world changed, we […]

What Should We Do? David Fitch Suggests: “Maybe Nothing.”

Christians are doers. We think churches are supposed to be “doing” places. Pastors and church staff are the chief doers but everyone else knows they are supposed to be doers too. We expect churches to have an active approach to mission, to have programs that will enable people of all ages and different life settings […]

Ethiopian Lutherans Sever Ties with ELCA

On Feb. 7, the ELCA News Service reported that “the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is severing its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Church of Sweden and ‘those churches who have openly accepted same-sex marriage.’” The EECMY has been associated with the Swedish church for over 150 years and […]

Contradictions among the Baptists

Michael Spencer did not subscribe to Biblical inerrancy. Inerrancy looks, smells and feels remarkably like a philosophical imposition on the Bible, going beyond what the Bible CAN say about itself, and forcing those of us who believe in the authority and truthfulness of the Bible to take a “loyalty oath” that goes beyond what should […]

Internet Monk: The State of the Blog

It is time to give a “State of the Blog” message. Here is the gist of what I want to say today: Internet Monk has always been a personal blog that has reflected the personal journeys of its authors. As our lives change, the blog changes. There are particular themes we try to maintain and regular […]

iMonk: The “Magic Book” Approach to the Bible

From the classic Michael Spencer post, Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life * * * I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where God speaks to us in unusual ways.” By this they mean that […]

Which Story Is My Story?

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them! By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, from mortals—by your hand, O Lord— from mortals whose portion in life is in this world. May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them; may their children have more than enough; may they leave something […]

Hmm…Signs of the Times?

Hmm… It has been quite a week. I wonder if we are seeing “signs of the times”? A Roman Catholic Pope resigns for the first time in over 600 years. G20 global finance leaders gather in Moscow (and a meteor explodes in Russian skies — coincidence?) Another person in Great Britain has contracted a potentially […]

Saturday Ramblings 2.16.13

Greetings, earthlings. Looks like we survived yet another brush with destiny. And asteroid with a name like DA14 drove by the neighborhood, but decided not to stop in to visit, unlike the meteorite that moved in like a loud-mouthed brother-in-law in Russia early yesterday morning. If we were going to be destroyed by an asteroid, […]

Who Prays the Psalms?

Who prays the Psalms? David (Solomon, Asaph, etc.) prays, Christ prays, we pray. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible * * * The psalms are the prayers of Christ. This is the conclusion to which Dietrich Bonhoeffer came. When we pray them Bonhoeffer says, we enter into the prayers of our […]