November 24, 2017

Archives for May 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 31, 2015

From June 2006, edited. Entertainment. Entertainment is an idolatry that has become so much a part of evangelicalism that you almost can’t talk about it. Unlike “God and Country” patriotism, which is something you can point at and say “There it is. Let’s discuss it,” entertainment has become part of everything evangelicals do.

Saturday Ramblings, May 30, 2015

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? Hey, did you know Jim Bakker is still around.  Remember Jim?  You know, Tammy Faye, Jessica Hahn, and the air-conditioned doghouse?  Yeah, that guy.  Apparently he’s pastoring some mega-church [because a lot of us Christians are morons] and, of course, has a TV show. You […]

Religious Switching 2.0 – Analysis

As promised, my commentary on the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape Study. Prepare the skewers! Overview. If you run a business, you are concerned with cash flow. If the money coming in to your business is less than the money going out of your business for an extended period of time you are going to be […]

The God who continues his creative work

I finally ordered a book I’ve wanted to read for a long time, Terence Fretheim’s God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation. I started it last night and am already finding rich material for contemplation.

Natural Law and Sexual Morality

Any sexual act other than one man and one woman engaging in the type of intercourse inherently capable of procreation is an unnatural sexual act. • Ronald L. Conte Jr. “May the Marriage Bed Be Immaculate” • • • In light of the Irish vote to legalize same-sex marriage, a decision that has its Catholic […]

Matthew B. Redmond: Some Thoughts on What Is Happening at The Village Church

Note from CM: Sin rules this world through the unholy trinity of money, sex, and power. Most of the scandals with which the church has to deal have something to do with one or more of these three areas. And often, the original transgression ends up being but a small part of the problem. As […]

A Memorial Day Meditation: Pentecost and Memorial Day

   It is an odd conjunction of special days: Pentecost Sunday and Memorial Day (U.S.A.). Memorial Day looks back and commemorates the sacrifices of the past. Pentecost, an event which grew out of the greatest sacrifice and triumph, looks forward to a new day. The one recalls war. The other anticipates peace. One emphasizes what […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 24, 2015

If you haven’t read them recently, the relevant passages on Spiritual gifts are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4. Most of us who are old enough recall when we first heard teaching on the subject of “spiritual gifts,” or charismata. For me, it was in the Charismatic movement’s first wave, which involved […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition

Saturday Ramblings, May 23, 2015: Memorial Day Edition Greetings iMonks. Today, Dan is away at the Moody Pastor’s Conference, you know, the one where all the moody, grumpy pastors congregate and complain. That leaves me, one unworthy to tie Dan’s hiking boots, to lead us in rambling on this Memorial Day Saturday. We’ll start with […]

Religious Switching 2.0

Well, last week I promised you, the full Religious Switching in America Graph along with commentary. The graph is complete. Click on the image for a better view. The commentary and related data tables… well I guess I will have to discuss with Chaplain Mike when that will be coming. The graph took a little […]