October 19, 2017

Archives for May 2015

On Theodicy

The other day, at the end of our discussion of “Jesus as the New Adam,” Mike H. wrote, “I get that the focus here is on vocation, but I have a tough time not looking at theodicy. It’s the elephant in the room. Is that going to be discussed head on?” After posting Ron Rolheiser’s essay this […]

Ron Rolheiser: Evolution’s Ultimate Wisdom

The other day I quoted from an article by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. I was so impressed by what he said, even though it was stated simply and briefly in a blog post, that I wrote for permission to re-post the piece in its entirety here at Internet Monk. Because I quoted from this and used […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 10, 2015

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – • William Carlos Williams “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” • • • […]

Saturday Ramblings, May 9, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? The Evangelical Christian Publisher Association gave out their book awards this week.  And what won Book of the Year? The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren.  Yes, this is a diet and fitness book, based on the vegetable diet the Prophet Daniel and his companions underwent, because, […]

Boxing: A Metaphor for North American Christianity?

Last Friday I asked my son if he was interested in the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight. “Why would I be interested”, he replied. “On one hand you have a guy who uses his position and prominence to put down gay rights and on the other hand you have a serial sexual abuser. Who would I […]

Jesus as the New Adam

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”     […]

Blogging through The Lost World of Adam and Eve (5)

Blogging through “The Lost World of Adam and Eve” • Excursus by N.T. Wright We have been blogging through John Walton’s book The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate. Here are the previous posts in the series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Today, I’d like to focus […]

Open Forum, with a special invitation to newbies

UPDATE: Thank you so much to all the newer commenters who joined us today! You made my day.  • • • I plan to return to our discussion of John Walton’s book tomorrow and Thursday, God willing, but for today I think we should have an Open Forum. It has been quite a spell since we did, […]

Why the Table should be Front and Center

I have developed a simple position about why I think the Table (or Altar) should be central in the architecture of a Christian church sanctuary. Remember where I come from. In my youth, this was how most of the traditional Methodist congregations I attended arranged their worship spaces. Two pulpits flanked a central table. Then […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 3, 2015

I’ve lived most of my life submerged in the world of churches, Christians, Biblical language, and the Christian worldview. As I’ve moved into the second half of life, I’ve become aware that I need to separate myself from the Christian culture that has dominated my life, and to look closely for where my own assumptions […]