November 20, 2017

Archives for August 2015

Playing the Saint

The most arresting phrase in this quote by Fr. Michel Quoist is: “You play the saint….” When you receive a gift from a friend, you usually open the package immediately, admire your gift, indicate your approval and thank the giver. Your heavenly Father has given you many different gifts, but all too often you do not even dare […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: August 30, 2015

The evangelical notion of Christians thinking “worldview-ishly” goes back, in my experience, to the first edition of James Sire’s book The Universe Next Door. I have read the book in all four editions, have used it with students and frequently recommended it to others. I continue to find the book, when understood rightly, useful. The notion […]

Saturday Ramblings, August 29, 2015, Understatement and Adios edition

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? I’m feeling a bit British this week, so I thought we could try to start each entry with an understatement. Because, why not? Academia is a strange place. Where else can you get people for fork over tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege […]

Daniel Grothe: Bedtime, and the day is beginning

Note from CM: We welcome our friend Daniel Grothe today. His delightful post is a refreshing reminder of God’s fatherly love for us. Daniel blogs at Edging into the Mysteries. • • • Bedtime at our house is something. Often the event that it most closely resembles is the moment a bunch of wild convicts attempt […]

A word from our sponsor, and Michael’s thoughts on “gear”

First today, a word from one of our friends and sponsors, Alan Creech . . . Greetings Internet Monk-ites! It’s been a while since I’ve made an appearance in the actual blog copy of this estimable site. Many thanks to Chaplain Mike for the opportunity to beg for sales. And, from of old, thanks to the […]

Wisdom and the Insufficiency of “God-Talk”

There is something about the biblical God which enables a “secular” account of human life to be given. • Colin E. Gunton Quoted in Fretheim, God and World in the OT • • • I absolutely love the quote above. When describing the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, von Rad made a similar statement […]

Daniel Jepsen: The Sin of the Orthodox

The Sin of the Orthodox by Daniel Jepsen Note: by “Orthodox” I am referring to those who are biblical and traditional in their theology; I am not referring to the Orthodox Church. • • • Each time I read the book of Job I find deeper meanings.  As I read it this week, one idea […]

Random Thoughts: Monday in the American Circus

The “evangelical circus” that Michael Spencer wrote about is but one facet of the “American circus.” I don’t think any of these individual stories is worth an entire post, but together, they shine a light on some of the silliness that is shining forth here in the good ol’ USA and among Americans who profess […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: August 23, 2015

A Facebook friend just asked me if I wanted to become a “fan” of Jonathan Edwards. Too bad there’s isn’t a “NOT a fan” option, because I’m not a fan. One of my consistent critics- who is also a respected friend- called to mind a statement I’d made in the past about the problem of […]

Saturday Ramblings, August 22, 2015

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. The noose on the Prayer Tower, Ronald McDonald’s decapitated head, and Jewish spy dolphins: Ready to Ramble? Oral Roberts University is known for many things. Mainly its unfortunate name. I mean, really, who names a kid, “Oral”? Was “Nasal” already taken by a cousin? But they are also known […]