July 21, 2018

Archives for August 2013

On Peter Rollins: Deconstruction Is Not Enough

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction By Peter Rollins Howard Books, 2013 – Part two of a two-part review and meditation * * * It is dangerous to put a chainsaw in the hands of a preacher. We live in a house that is 112 years old and this has […]

Losing The War Part Two—Hell On The Installment Plan

      This post is about the sin of acedia.  It is known by a lot of other names, none of which entirely capture or circumscribe this sin; ennui, anomie, alienation, despondency, carelessness, boredom, but the Fathers who describe it called it by its Greek name, acedia.  It is an old word. meaning literally […]

Living In The Land Of The Real

We should be grateful to the Lord our God, for putting us to the test, as he did our forefathers. Recall how he dealt with Abraham, and how he tried Isaac, and all that happened to Jacob in Syrian Mesopotamia while he was tending the flocks of Laban, his mother’s brother. Not for vengeance did […]

Good News from Peter Rollins: God does not exist, is not sublime, and has no meaning

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction By Peter Rollins Howard Books, 2013 – Part one of a two-part review and meditation * * * Peter Rollins thinks that much modern Christianity has become, in essence, idolatry. Today the “Good News” of Christianity operates with much the same logic. It is […]

The Homily

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1, NIV) About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli,Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Matthew 27:46, NIV). Breakfast at the Savoy this […]

Saturday Ramblings 8.17.13

Good morning, iMonks. How is your coffee? Want another sweet roll? Here, let turn the page of the newspaper for you. Comfy? Good. Now, wake up from your dream and grab a broom. It’s time for the weekly clean-up around here we call Saturday Ramblings. (And we have a great bonus video for you this […]

Reconsider Jesus – Once Saved Always Saved?

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are continuing with some of his thoughts on The Seed and the Soil from Mark 4:1-8; 13-20 that we introduced two weeks ago.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter […]

I Can’t Get No…

I was perusing the IM Archives the other day and came across a post I wrote two years ago. It was simple and short, based on a sentence by Dallas Willard I had read in a book on spiritual formation. I didn’t know what to make of it then, but it arrested me. Well, the […]

Losing The War

The problem with going to war is that there is a very real chance you may lose. It was August 14, 1945 in the United States, but due to the International Date Line, it was already August 15 in Japan.   The Japanese Empire was reeling.  The United States had just obliterated two major cities, Hiroshima […]

Missions 101: or How to Be More Like a Soldier of an Oppressive Imperialist Nation

My all-time favorite Bible character (yes, yes, excluding Jesus) is the centurion whose story is told in Luke 7.  I don’t know much about him, yet I’ve loved him to the point of tears since I was a child.  I suspect that one reason is that he, like me, was an expatriate.  Both of us […]