December 16, 2017

Archives for January 2014

Saturday Ramblings 2.0 – 1.11.14

While you, my iMonk friends, are carefully removing your bagels and English muffins from the toaster, pouring your juice and coffee, and lounging around in your jammies, I, Chaplain Mike, am flying over the heartland on my way from Indianapolis to Tulsa, OK, to visit my friend and colleague Jeff Dunn. In last week’s installment […]

Thoughts about Divorce

Once in a while a statistic comes along that grabs a hold of me, chews me up, and then spits me out, leaving me wondering what just happened. This week had me experiencing another one of those occurrences. To put it into perspective though, I need to back up a number of years. When I […]

A Defense of Megachurches

For those of you who just crawled out from under the rock where you’ve been hiding throughout the 2000’s, allow me to let you in on something: we have not been shy about criticizing megachurches here at Internet Monk. Yeah, and the Pope is still a Catholic, a lot of people like to watch a […]

For Me: The Year of Paul

Thanks to a generous gift from a dear friend, I received my study assignment for 2014 the other day when N.T. Wright’s massive, two volume Paul and the Faithfulness of God arrived on my doorstep. Digesting this is going to take some time, and I look forward to working through it slowly and carefully. My […]

What Is the Goal of Preaching?

Do you agree with Rick Warren that, “The Aim of Preaching Is Life Transformation”? Here is an excerpt from his article: If God’s objective for every believer is to transform us into total Christlikeness, then the objective of preaching is to motivate people to develop Christlike convictions (to think like Jesus), Christlike character (to feel like Jesus), […]

Bad Idea. Very Bad Idea. Horrendously Bad Idea.

This is one of the worst ideas I have heard in a long while. Creationist spokesman Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye, science educator from “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on the subject “Is creation a viable model of origins?” at the Creation Museum on February 4. This is a bad idea from both the […]

A Thought for a Snowy Day

As I sit at home today watching the snow fall outside the window and anticipating the coldest temperatures we have seen around here for decades, I came across this thought that I consider worth contemplating. The reduction of faith to practice has not enriched faith; it has impoverished it. It has let practice itself become […]

The Homily

Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, NASB) As this is my last homily on iMonk, I hope you will allow me some leeway. Today is the Epiphany […]

Saturday Ramblings 1.4.14

Welcome to the first Saturday Ramblings of the new year. If this is your first visit to the iMonastery, Saturday Ramblings is the time each week for us to do some light housekeeping. We sweep up all the scraps from the week and, tossing them together, we call them Saturday Ramblings. So grab a cup […]

Brian Zahnd: Axiomatic Thoughts on Christ and the Bible

Brian Zahnd has written a wonderfully clear article on the distinction between biblicism and Christianity, called Scripture as Witness to the Word of God. I commend it to you in its entirety. As a taste, I present this list of “axiomatic thoughts on Christ and the Bible” with which he opens his post: The Bible […]