August 20, 2018

Archives for April 2013

Saturday Ramblings 4.13.13

It is Saturday again? Already? We just had Saturday a week ago. And we will most likely have another one next week. Well, why not? I mean, we have to have Mondays every week. It’s only fair we have Saturdays as well. As I matter of fact, I propose we have two Saturdays for every […]

iMonk: Doing the Math

A classic Michael Spencer post from April, 2009. I’m not very good at math, and I’m worse at being a Jesus follower, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. I starting doing some personal math this morning as I started my day, and I made a discovery. I could no longer deny […]

When The Pain Becomes Too Much To Bear

“Just the pain, the excruciating pain, was just too much.” These were the words of a friend of Matthew Warren when he learned that Warren, the son of Rick and Kay Warren, took his own life last Friday. I know that pain all too well. I have been honest with you about my battle with […]

Mistakes We Make about Faith

We mistakenly understand faith when we… Confuse having faith with having certainty. Forget Jesus said faith that is only the size of a mustard seed avails much. Fail to recognize how much our fears shape our faith. Think that having a hearty or mature faith means I have strong opinions about lots of different issues. […]

When Asking a Question Is Itself a Problem

Here is an exceedingly wise word from Samantha Field, in an interview she gave at the her.meneutics blog called, “Finding Faith after Spiritual Indoctrination.” I recommend the entire article. However, this part is essential reading, and I pull it out for our consideration and discussion today. * * * Spiritual abuse is so much more […]

David Fitch Recommends Taking “No Position” on LGBTQ Relations

Introduction from CM A couple of pastors I admire in my denomination have impressed me with how they have responded as church leaders in light of the ELCA’s decision regarding homosexuality in 2009. This is going to sound counter-intuitive, but they both basically decided to ignore it. They did not make a big deal about […]

Marcus Felde: Alfa Church? Bravo Church? Charlie Church!

NOTE: The first time I met with the pastor with whom I’m working now, he shared some thoughts that I found extraordinarily wise and helpful. I asked if he would consider putting them in post form so I could share them with you, and he graciously agreed. Rev. Marcus Felde is the pastor of Bethlehem […]

Frederica Mathewes-Green on the Orthodox View of Sin

I saw this on Frederica Mathewes-Green’s Facebook page yesterday and thought it worthy of our consideration and discussion: The Orthodox view of sin is as an infection that pervades Creation and causes suffering for all (rather than bad deeds that demand punishment). It’s a new idea and hard to grasp, for converts. But one of […]

Sundays in Easter: Not What You Might Expect

Not What You Might Expect A Series for Sundays in Eastertide God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not […]

iMonk: Hunger and Thirst after [Christ’s] Righteousness

A classic Michael Spencer post from April, 2007 And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! I don’t mind repeating what I have written in earlier letters, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again. Better safe than sorry — so here goes. Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all […]