November 30, 2015

Doing Jesus’ work in Jesus’ way

The Beatitudes Jesus taught come to us in two parts. The first four Beatitudes describe the surprising recipients of God’s favor. Blessed are the poor in spirit Blessed are those who mourn Blessed are the meek Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice These are the ones most people consider at the bottom of society’s […]

Another Look: Examine Yourself?

A man named Andrew contributed a short story on about hypochondria. In it, he wrote: Today I have lymphoma. Yesterday was bowel cancer. I curiously palpate my underarms, searching for that slippery lump, stealthily hiding from my grasp. I check again, and again. I then move up to my neck, again massaging for lumps. My temperature […]

Another Look: If there is an overriding narrative theme in scripture, this is it . . .

If I were asked to summarize the primary narrative theme of the Bible with one brief verse, I would choose a line from the Lord’s Prayer: “Bring in your kingdom so that your will is done on earth as it’s done in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, CEB). The story of the Bible is about God establishing his Kingdom […]

Another Look: The NT “Haustafeln”

Note from CM: This post was originally written in 2011. Recently, I’ve been following a sermon series that has been going on in a church with which I’m familiar. They are dealing with some of the passages mentioned in this post in typical conservative evangelical fashion. The fact that I put it that way will […]

Fall, or Folly? (4): As It Was in the Beginning . . .

Same as it ever was . . . Same as it ever was . . . • “Once in a Lifetime,” Talking Heads • • • This has been an interesting week for me at Internet Monk. As I’ve studied, thought, conversed, and prayed my way through these posts, I’ve gained a new clarity in […]

Fall, or Folly? (3): Paul Reads the Story

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who […]

Fall, or Folly? (2): A Wisdom Story

St. Irenaeus (2nd century) described Adam and Eve as “adolescents.” They were not “perfect” in the sense of “complete.” They represent a beginning and an intention – but something that not only remained unfulfilled – but even something that had deviated from its intended path. From “mud commanded to become Gods,” they became beings unable […]

Fall, or Folly? (1)

Whatever else one might say about Genesis 2-3 (the text actually goes from 2:4-4:26 and includes Cain’s story) and the account of Adam and Eve and the “fall,” it should be noted that, in its final form, this is a wisdom story. It is the first in a series of narratives that encourage the post-exilic […]

How I Became … an Arminian

Today we continue our series on “How I Became a…”. Two weeks ago I discussed how I had become a Theistic-Evolutionist. That was one of my later theological “conversions.” Up for discussion today, is my one of earliest theological conversions, that is the transition to Arminianism. Before going too far down a rabbit hole, let […]

Good Works Week IV: James, the Elephant

Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! […]