December 16, 2017

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Pete Enns: Christmas in “Christian America” and the Old Testament

Note from CM: Now here is an eye-opening post. I guarantee you that the thoughts Pete Enns shares here will not have crossed the minds of many evangelical Christians or to Christians of other brands who emphasize strict observance and piety. In my view it serves as is yet another example of how separated the […]

Advent: A Reminder To Wait for the God Who Takes His Time

Note from CM: During Advent, I have asked some of our wonderful iMonk writers to share meditations on seasonal themes each week. On the second Sunday, we welcome our friend Randy Thompson to contribute his perspectives on Advent. I am grateful for each of these friends and gifted people, and know that what they share […]

Randy Thompson: A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?)

A Thanksgiving Meditation for 2017 A Sense of Sin and the Joy of Gratitude (Huh?!) by Randy Thompson Thanks-giving is a by-product of a certain way of looking at life,  a way of looking that has eyes to see the goodness of God and  the goodness of God’s creation, coupled with the awareness that we […]

Reformation 500: Is It Time for the Reformation to End? (Scott Lencke)

Note from CM: Sorry for the delay today. As the old song says, “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” Actually, my slowness to post has little to do with today but with an extraordinarily busy weekend with friends, at church, and with family. Not to mention very little sleep because of the fantastic […]

Scott Lencke: The Problem with Being “Gospel-Centered”

Note from CM: Thanks to Scott Lencke for today’s post. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. • • • The Problem with Being “Gospel-Centered” By Scott Lencke Over the past decade or so, many churches in America have been espousing that they are “gospel-centered.” Just as in culture, there are many buzzwords within the church: […]

Daniel Grothe: Eugene and Me — What I Learned from the Man Behind The Message

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend Daniel Grothe for sending me this. He is the Associate Senior Pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and blogs at Edging into the Mysteries. You all know that Eugene Peterson is my most beloved pastoral hero and mentor, and I appreciate this piece from another who has learned […]

Fr. Stephen Freeman: Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We?

Saving My Neighbor — Just How Connected Are We? By Father Stephen Freeman If you are in the “helping professions,” confronting problems in people’s lives, it doesn’t take long to realize that no one is purely and simply an individual. The problems we suffer may occasionally appear to be “of our own making,” but that […]

J. Michael Jones: A Tumultuous Relationship with the Bride

A Tumultuous Relationship with the Bride By J. Michael Jones An Inherent Church I was born into a family that attended a Southern Baptist church, deep within the hollows of Appalachia.  While I’m sure there are a broad spectrum of Baptist church experiences, mine must have been on the shady end, or at least one […]

Pete Enns: What is Genesis About? (2)

UPDATE: I have added some articles to the IM bulletin Board (right column) that complement our studies this week. Note from CM: Here is part two of Pete Enns’s enlightening overview of the purpose of Genesis in the final edition of the Hebrew Bible. Pete blogs at The Bible for Normal People. He also has a new The Bible […]

Pete Enns: What Is Genesis About? (1)

Note from CM: Thanks to Pete Enns for allowing us to re-post this thought-provoking essay about the purpose of Genesis. As usual, from my perspective it is spot on. And, as usual, it goes against the grain of most of the evangelical/fundamentalist teaching which originally shaped my view of Scripture. But it makes so much […]