October 23, 2017

Archives for May 2013

Sharing the Gospel?

The following video shows one of the ways in which I (and a multitude of evangelicals) were taught to “share the Gospel” with non-believers. The other day I was thinking that it would make a good discussion topic here at Internet Monk if we examined a “soterian” Gospel presentation (the link will take you to […]

Difficult Scriptures: Romans 5:12-17

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those […]

Midweek Monkery 5/15/13

Welcome to Midweek Monkery, Lutheran edition. I hope you will enjoy a few of the things that have made me laugh as I have started to learn more about the Lutheran community, especially the immigrant Lutheran community in the U.S. If you are a laughing Lutheran, I’d love to have you chime in today with […]

So, How’s the Catholic Church Really Doing?

The Vatican released information Monday from the 2013 Statistical Yearbook of the Church that challenges the perception many have (particularly in Europe and the U.S.) that the Roman Catholic Church is in a period of decline. In March, Catholic Voices Comment proclaimed: “Viewed globally the Church experienced  a spectacular growth over the twentieth century which shows […]

Current Clergy Views on Origins

From BioLogos: What do today’s pastors think about science?   What views do they hold on creation and evolution and how strongly do they hold them?   How do origins issues impact their ministries? These were just a few of the questions that motivated us at BioLogos to commission a survey of pastors on origins. […]

Random Thoughts on a Chilly Monday

It is graduation season. Our youngest son got his degree from North Park University in Chicago on Saturday and we enjoyed the ceremony. Our immediate celebration was postponed because we had a limited number of tickets to the ceremony and had to deal with car problems, but the family is gathering next weekend to raise […]

Ein Wenig Gott Geschichte (A Little God Story)

One staple of evangelical church life is the “testimony.” I recall many, many gatherings when I as a pastor or worship leader would stand before a group and ask, “Who has something they’d like to share tonight? What has God been doing in your life lately?” We’d encourage people to share insights they had gained […]

Saturday Ramblings 5.11.13

Horrific kidnappings in Cleveland. Arguing over the body of a bomber. A teen who hits and kills a soccer ref for giving the teen a yellow card. Someone named Jodi Arias being found guilty of killing her boyfriend in a horrendous manner. [Loud sigh … ] Does anyone else feel the need for some good […]

IM Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans Thomas Nelson, 2012 * * * Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. What better time to offer a gift to all the women in our community, as […]

Dallas Willard Quotes

“Anyone who really wants to be a follower of Jesus,” said my pastor, “needs to read this book.” Those were heavy words from this pastor. I knew if he said I should read something, he most likely was right. And he was. “This book” was The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God by Dallas […]