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Archives for October 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: October 11, 2015

A debate is going on several places on the blogosphere around this question: “Are the doctrinally obsessed missing the heart of Jesus?” My answer is a simply “yes,” and the reason is one word: obsessed. You said it. Not me. Obsessed isn’t doctrinally interested, doctrinally aware or doctrinally correct. Doctrinally obsessed isn’t someone who makes doctrine […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 10, 2015

Your Head Rambler is feeling a bit down this morning after the Cubs’ loss to the Cardinals last night, but I’m not going to let it keep me down. I prescribe . . . rambling! So let’s get to it, okay? Ooh, this should get the action going . . . According to an article in the […]

We all need a little “crazy” time

Sometimes you just gotta do something a little bit crazy. Gail is away on a retreat this week, giving me a little freedom to do some different things, and I’ve been feeling “blah” for as long as I remember. I thought it was time to get out of the doldrums by doing something to wake […]

Open Forum: What are iMonks reading?

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Today will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 What have you been reading lately? What has caught your interest and attention that you would like to share […]

Searching for Sunday: We make the way by walking

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book Three: Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church, by Rachel Held Evans We make […]

Everlasting Is the Past: A pastor’s preparation and first church family

Note from CM: We are devoting this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book Two: Everlasting Is the Past, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. A pastor’s preparation and first church family • […]

Accidental Saints: A review and a review of a review

Note from CM: We will devote this week to reviewing some recent books that have caught my interest and attention. Thursday will be an Open Forum day for you to share what you have been reading. 📖 IM Book Week Book One: Accidental Saints, by Nadia Bolz-Weber A review and a review of a review […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: October 4, 2015

Yesterday, I experienced the great part of being a teacher; one of those experiences that make all the others worth it. It was in my advanced placement English IV class. Our brightest seniors. I’m fortunate to be able to work with them. A few days before we’d taken our final exam, and with two days […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 3, 2015

• • • But as we go, we have to get in one more parting shot at Congress . . . Oh sorry, I forgot, there’s more about the Pope — the Kim Davis story . . . Earlier this week, the Kentucky county clerk announced that she and her husband met briefly with the pope at […]

Brueggemann: The hurt God and the possibility of faithfulness

Walter Brueggemann is among my favorite Bible commentators and theologians. He represents a generation of scholars in a tradition that my evangelical/fundamentalist roots taught me to avoid. But though he comes from the Protestant mainline with its history of embracing higher critical approaches to the Bible, Brueggemann, like many others has been honest about the […]