December 17, 2017

Archives for May 2015

More on “Playing the Music”

Picking up on yesterday’s post, here few more thoughts on “playing the music”… • • • Last night we went to a spring intermediate school band and choral concert (5th and 6th grade). My grandson was playing and we knew several other children and families who were involved. I have four children and have been to many […]

Eugene Peterson: Virtuoso Spirituality

What comes next is very important: I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high. • Luke 24:49, MSG • • • Pentecost is the next great Sunday on the Christian calendar: it falls this Sunday for the […]

A Fight about the Finish

Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s feature bout. We are excited to feature two young fighters at the top of their game. They come to the ring today to trade punches, each hoping to give hell to his opponent and to settle once and for all the significance of that biblical doctrine. In this corner, representing […]

Randy Thompson: The Bloody God and the Bleeding God

The Bloody God and the Bleeding God by Randy Thompson, Forest Haven, Bradford, NH I’ve been reading the Old Testament. It’s a great story, despite Leviticus’ by-laws and Numbers’ numbers. However, reading it is an unsettling experience. As I started to note the body count, it seemed to me that God was a lot like […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 17, 2015

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see. The Rorschach test is outdated and was always controversial, but it does yield one agreed upon […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 16, 2015

Hello, Imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? Of course the big news in religion this week was the release of a new Pew study on American religion. However, Mike Bell had a post about that yesterday and will have another one next Friday, so I will leave that in his capable hands. […]

Religious Switching 2.0: 2007 versus 2014 (Preliminary)

Seven years ago I published the following graph from data that I have derived from the Pew Forum’s Religious Landscape Study. It shows how people in America have changed over their lifetime from their childhood faith to their current faith. Click on the image to see it full size graph. In the full size image […]

“We keep returning to its rich waters thirsty”

I was baptized as an infant in 1958. My sainted grandmother gave me some books then and in my preschool years about Jesus, heaven, and the twelve disciples. A while back, when my parents moved, my mother found those books and gave them to me again. I remember looking through them with fascination when I was […]

Another Look: If you are not afraid, you are not human

First posted in July, 2013. • • • Hello. My name is Mike, and I am afraid. I am afraid of life, and I am afraid of life’s end. I am afraid of being alone, and I am afraid of being with people. I am afraid of hatred and I am afraid of love. Truth […]

Preach it, Michelle!

Commencement speeches are usually fairly banal and unmemorable, but people are buzzing about one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at Tuskegee University last Saturday.  After reviewing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the university for which “Booker T. Washington pawned his pocket watch to buy a kiln, and students used their bare hands to […]