December 18, 2017

Archives for November 2013

A Perspective on Canadian Healthcare

It seems like everyone from everywhere has been chiming in on healthcare issues, so I thought I would add a Canadian perspective.  I have read a number of comments about Canadian care which have not been overly accurate, so I thought I would help set the record straight as much as I am able.  I […]

Vision Forum Ministries to Close

In an announcement on their website, Vision Forum Ministries, the nonprofit ministry headed by Doug Phillips, has announced that it has closed. Phillips recently admitted being unfaithful in his marriage and resigned his position of leadership at VF. Here’s the statement: In light of the serious sins which have resulted in Doug Phillips’s resignation from […]

Are We More Gracious than God?

 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8, NRSV Love…keeps no record of being wronged. – 1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT * * * This is not meant as a formal theological analysis of the meaning of the atonement. It’s more like street-level questioning of […]

Mike Bird: N.T. Wright and Michael Kruger on Healthcare

Note from CM: Thanks to Michael Bird for sharing this article with us. Bird, an Australian Bible scholar, is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry. His new, well-regarded book is Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction, and Scot McKnight has begun blogging about it at Jesus Creed. Mike blogs […]

Shameful, Ridiculous, and Cruel

On Monday, Veterans Day, we ran a post that, it is hoped, caused us to think more perceptively, compassionately, and realistically about matters related to war and military service and have a thoughtful conversation. Today, another conversation came to my attention on the same topic that could not be more shameful and ridiculous. Furthermore, it […]

Looking For A Bigger God

I have been exploring  in recent posts some of the reasons I am leaving evangelicalism after 40 years. As I have stated, these are my reasons alone. Each time I post, some will comment to the affect that I am trying take others with me on my journey. I have never said that or inferred that. […]

Veterans Day: John Gorka – Let Them In

Veterans Day Thoughts 2013

So many dead men. You just wouldn’t believe it. – Donald Sutherland as Christ Johnny Got His Gun (1971) * * * For Veterans Day this year, I watched an anti-war movie. I figured this was a fitting tribute to those who have fought and died in wars. For what they and all of us […]

The Homily

“I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick,  but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with judgment” (Ezekiel 34:16, NASB). And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.9.13

It has been a fun week here at the iMonastery, dealing with light topics like our salvation and how to pray for our leaders. Easy stuff. Now it’s Saturday, and that’s when we do our heavy lifting, dealing with the serious stuff. Yes, we call it “rambling,” but don’t mistake that for any easy-going stroll […]