September 18, 2018

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Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

Jonathan Aigner — Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here by Jonathan Aigner It looks like the beginning of the end at Willow Creek. They aren’t saying that, but I feel like that’s what’s happening. If so, good riddance. And you can take the megachurch movement you spawned with you. I’m sorry if I […]

Randy Thompson: Cisterns that Hold No Water — An OT Meditation on Political Power

Note from CM: I will be retreating this week to work on my book. You will be treated to a feast of thoughts from our IM writers, who have graciously submitted some poignant, thought-provoking, and discussion-inducing pieces. Throughout each day, I will be checking for comments that get held by the moderation system, but it […]

Richard Rohr: Thisness

Note from CM: Each day I receive meditations from Richard Rohr. I found Sunday’s article quite insightful, and hope you will too. • • • Irreplaceable “Thisness” Each mortal thing does one thing and the same; Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying what I do […]

Jan Richardson: Blessing the Seed

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12.24) • From a lectionary reading for Lent 5: John 12.20-33 • • • Reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 25) By […]

Susan’s Story: Alone, with No One to Comfort

Note from CM: Every once in a while, I receive an email or some other communication from a reader that hits home hard. Susan took the time to write me the other day just to tell her story and express her thanks — she had no idea how what she said blew me away. And […]

Scott Lencke: Story-Shaped Worship & Liturgy

Note from CM: Thanks to our friend, Scott Lencke, who blogs over at The Prodigal Thought, for this Lenten contribution on the beauty and power of liturgy to shape us. • • • I am currently teaching an online course entitled Worship Leadership. The course explores the church’s worship setting beyond just the songs of […]

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 […]