October 18, 2017

Archives for June 2015

Just in case you’re wondering . . . conversion

Just in case you’re wondering, I believe in conversion. Conversion has always been one of the main emphases of the evangelicalism that grew out of the revivalism of the past two hundred years. “Conversionism” is yet another of the four distinctives Daniel Bebbington identified as characteristic of the movement. He described it as “the belief that […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . the Bible

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. • Psalm 119:97, NRSV • • • Just in case you were wondering, I love the Bible. I learned this from my life in evangelicalism. One key characteristic of evangelical Christianity is its commitment to the Bible as God’s Word. The evangelical […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . a new series

Just in case you’re wondering . . . a new series We begin a new series today. Some of the comments from last week’s post on our new banner and site purpose statement led me to think it important to clarify what it means to me to be “post-evangelical” and to frame that in more […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 7, 2015

From June 2009. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” • Matthew 6:33 NLT 1. You won’t get very far in following Jesus if you don’t have some idea of what “the Kingdom of God” means, because Jesus talks about it constantly, and […]

Saturday Ramblings, June 6, 2015

Hello, Imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? And just a reminder, this is a “Duggar and Caitlyn Free Zone”. If you talk about them I will edit your post [yes, I can do that] so that it fawns over Joel Osteen. Then I will ban you from the internet. For life.

In the land of birth and death

In one of our hospitals where I visit patients who need inpatient hospice care, many of those folks go to rooms on a certain floor, where the oncology unit is. The placement of this unit has always been interesting to me. When you take the elevator up to that floor, the doors open and you are […]

Relational God, relational creation

For your contemplation today, here is more from Terence Fretheim on the “fundamental relational character” of God and the creation. • • • A basic claim I wish to make about the Old Testament understanding of creation is that it has a fundamental relational character. …Crucial in thinking through biblical texts regarding creation is the […]

Site Update: Conversations in the Great Hall

This morning, we introduce our new Internet Monk banner. We’ve been having a little trouble with the code the past day or two, so I’ve included the art in today’s post while we work on it. The banner at the top of the post will appear during the daytime hours and the one at the end will […]

Lisa Dye: Jump!

My God my bright abyss into which all my longing will not go once more I come to the edge of all I know and believing nothing believe in this. • Christian Wiman I am afraid to jump. When I was a little girl, my big extended family of grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins met […]

Another Look: Our Relational God

In the Western Church, yesterday was Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as Christ’s church, embraced by the Good […]