October 24, 2017

Archives for August 2015

Wisdom Week: “Who am I?”

Kathleen Norris is one of our wisest contemporary authors. It has been over twenty years since I first read her “spiritual geography,” Dakota, the remarkable contemplative memoir about the power of place and paying attention. It retains its power today. In a chapter about her spiritual journey and the faith of her ancestors, she recalls […]

Wisdom Week: The Pastoral Wisdom of Small Talk

No one has imparted more wise insights to me about the pastoral life than Eugene Peterson. I’m sad I’ve never met him, even though when I lived in Maryland, his church was right down the road. How different my course might have been had I been introduced to him then! But then perhaps that would […]

Wisdom Week: Life is the Farm

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don’t pay the price day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or develop an educated mind. Did you ever consider how ridiculous it would […]

Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline

When most people think of “wisdom” with regard to the Bible, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind. Proverbs contains observations and instructions about life at its “baseline.” It sets forth general standards of life and living well. Eugene Peterson describes its sapiential message in these terms: “Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions […]

Wisdom Week on IM: “Why?” not just “What?”

Wisdom Week on Internet Monk Post One: “Why?” not just “What?” The older I get, the less I focus on what I think and I become more interested in why I think like I do. In my opinion, this is why older people can become cynical and critical of younger generations. Many young folks are still coming to […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: August 16, 2015

If it looks like an evangelical skunk . . . I think Jan Crouch’s hair is the darnest thing since the Tower of Babel. I think Benny Hinn is sincere, but probably unstable. I think T.D. Jakes is preaching gnosticism. TBN in general convinces me television is utterly incompatible with Christianity. Most Contemporary Christian music […]

Saturday Ramblings, August 15, 2015

Welcome to the weekend, friends. Ready to Ramble? A few months ago we mentioned that Jim Bakker is still “ministering” these days. The venue? A TV show, natch. And the focus of his “ministry”? Convincing viewers that some sort of apocalypse is right around the corner, and therefore you should buy his prepper food. Lots […]

Another Look: Jon Henry – Already Compromised, Moon Edition

Note from CM: A few years ago I found this brilliant satirical piece by Jon Henry that exposes the kind of thinking that gets Christians in trouble with regard to Bible interpretation. Is it “biblical” to believe that the moon emits its own light? Read the following, and come to your own conclusion. • • • ALREADY […]

Pete Enns: When God stops making sense (or, my favorite part of the Old Testament)

Note from CM: As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, my favorite OT scholar is Pete Enns. He has helped me so much in furthering my understanding of and love for the Hebrew Bible after seminary. I owe him a great debt, and I’m happy that he is always amenable to sharing articles with us […]

Is Evangelical Christianity the Wizard behind the Curtain of America’s Moral and Spiritual Decline?

Note from CM: We welcome a new contributor today. His name is Chris Kratzer, and he blogs at Grace//Jesus//Life, a designation that certainly wins our approval around here. In his bio, Chris says: I am a Jesus guy, husband, father, pastor, author, and speaker. Captured by the pure Gospel of God’s  Grace, my focus is […]