December 18, 2017

Archives for July 2014

The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?

I am a huge Ed Stetzer fan. I follow a grand total of 14 people on twitter, and he is one of them. Ed, by the way, has 125,000 following him! So who is Ed Stetzer? Here is his bio in Christianity Today: Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research Division, a prolific author, […]

Lisa Dye: Succession Is For Us Too

Succession Is For Us Too By Lisa Dye “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” —The Nicene Creed I remember standing in my old Presbyterian church as a girl, feeling the cool stone floors under my feet and smelling the polished wood of the pews. I admired the gothic architecture, the stone interior, […]

Marci Alborghetti: Sanctity of Life and the Death Penalty

Note from CM: I’m happy to introduce a guest author today, one who comes to us by way of our friend Jeff Dunn. Her name is Marci Alborghetti, and she is the author of several books. Marci’s most recent titles, People of the Nativity: Living the Christmas Story Then and Now, and Being the Body […]

The 2014 Internet Monk New England Tour

Well friends, I don’t know how it is where you live, but here in the Crossroads of America the roads are clogged with family trucksters inhabited by Griswold families from all across this great country of ours. It’s summer vacation time, and your venerable Chaplain is about to take to the interstate too. This year, […]

Give me that ol’ time Evangelicalism?

Roger Olson wrote a piece recently giving his personal perspective on the changes he has seen in American evangelicalism during his lifetime. He is well qualified to do so, and in the article he lists his personal and professional credentials: I’ve been in the “thick” of evangelicalism my whole life. I attended an evangelical college […]

Why I won’t be going to church Sunday

Last week, our pastor announced that we would be having a patriotic service on the Sunday of July 4th weekend. I won’t be there. Let me make something perfectly clear. I love my country, the United States of America. I have no trouble displaying the flag on appropriate occasions (though my wife, with her Mennonite […]

Saturday Ramblings, July 5, 2014, The Tim Howard Edition

Welcome to the Tim Howard edition of the Ramblings, fellow imonkers. Yes, team USA lost to Belgium on Tuesday, but goal-keeper Tim Howard made 16 saves, the most since they began keeping track (in 1966).   20 years ago he would have had a few nice newspaper clippings to but on his bulletin board.  This […]

Religious Switching and Metaphor

Five years ago I created and published the above graph at Internet Monk. It was based on a very large survey by the Pew Forum that showed how people had switched from their childhood faith group to their current faith group. If you have trouble understanding the graph, you may want to read the original […]

Daniel Grothe: The Spiritual Discipline of Scribbling

The Spiritual Discipline of Scribbling by Daniel Grothe A few years ago, I began preaching weekly—an invigorating, and simultaneously daunting and demanding, task. Previously, I had the good fortune of being an occasional preacher, filling in for people who were on vacation or who turned up sick. As a fill-in, very often you get to […]

The Great Methodological Heresy

Let me say it at the start: I don’t give a rat’s tail about the “Hobby Lobby” case that the Supreme Court decided the other day. I don’t buy the Chicken Little mania of the progressives who think the sky of freedom and protection for women is falling. Nor do I buy the triumphalistic crowing […]