July 21, 2018

Archives for October 2013

Reconsider Jesus – Moving Forward

When many of the Dead Sea Scrolls faced delay in publication, conspiracy theories started to abound:  What was it in the scrolls that the Vatican wanted to keep secret?  Were they harmful to the church?  Did they dispute the claims of Christianity?  In fact the truth is a little more boring than that. The original […]

Full of Years

I ask’d thee, “Give me immortality.”  Then didst thou grant mine asking with a smile,  Like wealthy men who care not how they give.  But thy strong Hours indignant work’d their wills,  And beat me down and marr’d and wasted me,  And tho’ they could not end me, left me maim’d  To dwell in presence […]

Why I Am Not a Six-Day Creationist

Updates on the Creation Wars Recently, Tim Challies posted “Why I Am a Six-Day Creationist.” The reasons he gave were: The Bible teaches it. The other Bible writers believed it. Science confirms it. After these assertions, he states his conviction: I believe the Bible speaks with greater clarity and greater authority than what I believe […]

My Trouble With Scripture

I’m continuing with some thoughts on my journey out of evangelicalism into Catholicism. These are my thoughts, and this is my journey. I am certainly not trying to talk anyone into following in my steps.  The morning after I became a Christian, I woke up and reached for my Bible. It was an old Bible […]

There Is No Narrow, Pure Stream

There is a stream of sound teaching, sound doctrine, sound theology, that runs all the way back to the Apostles. It runs through Athanasius and Augustine, through Luther and Calvin, the great Reformation and Reformers, and the Puritans, and everything seems so clear to them. Through the Westminster divines and the pathway of Spurgeon and […]

The Homily

The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of […]

Saturday Ramblings 10.19.13

Welcome to our Saturday breakfast gathering here at the iMonastery. Grab a cup of coffee, a muffin, a donut, a couple of biscotti, some bacon and eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, Frosted Flakes, juice, and a bottle of Tums. Everyone comfy? Good. It’s time to ramble … Our government is back to work. Are you happy? […]

Reconsider Jesus – A Status Update and Call For Help

For two years now I have been working on compiling Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. On some recent Fridays we have been giving you some “sneak peeks” into this devotional commentary. Initially a lot of effort was put into finding Michael Spencer’s written studies […]

MacArthur vs. Strange Fire

You don’t need to wonder about what my views are about John MacArthur and particularly about his latest “Strange Fire Conference.” Suffice it to say that I think the name of his teaching ministry — “Grace to You” — is rather a misnomer. I’ve been aware of MacArthur for forty years now, and frankly, have […]

Defying Categories

Many of us look for role models to guide us in our lives, our work, our faith traditions. I like to honor people who defy categorization, who are thoughtful enough to recognize that life’s palette contains more than black and white, who are humble enough to bow before mystery, bold enough to embrace truth and […]