August 28, 2014

Internet Monk Table Manners

Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette. – Emily Post * * * Welcome to Internet Monk. This blog, started by Michael Spencer many moons ago, began as a way for Michael to write and express his thoughts about religion, culture, politics, and his own journey, which would […]

Drawn to the Religionless

I often ask myself why a “Christian instinct” often draws me more to the religionless people than to the religious, by which I don’t in the least mean with any evangelizing intention, but, I might almost say, “in brotherhood.” While I’m often reluctant to mention God by name to religious people — because that name […]

Kimberly Mason: Listening as Radical Hospitality

Note from CM: On New Year’s Day I read this brief but profound post at Kimberly Mason’s blog, The (Almost) Daily Office. Kim lives in the Great Northwest on an old farm and blogs about her outdoor journeys, her journeys into prayer and service, and her journeys in quilting, icon painting and creativity. She is […]

Overrated: Sharing My Opinion

The irony is not lost on this author. In this post I will share my opinion, stating my opinion that sharing opinions is overrated. And I will publish it on a blog dedicated to giving people a forum for sharing their opinions. So there. As a young minister, I soon learned the truth of a […]

The Most Loving Thing?

“The most loving thing anyone can do is tell the truth.” – John MacArthur (and a host of others) * * * It has been an evangelical mantra that I have both said and heard for many years. The sentence may arise in a conversation about evangelism or dealing with someone struggling with sin or […]

Relating to Augustine

A recent discussion in the blogosphere caught my attention, especially for the issues it raises for churches, pastors, and ministry leaders these days. It started with Derek Rishmawy’s post, “Who Are You Sleeping With?” My Conversation with Timothy Keller. Rishmawy describes going to the 2013 TGC conference and attending a breakout session with Dr. Keller on […]

Case Study: A Pastoral Conversation

By Chaplain Mike Occasionally, I would like for us to consider case studies, so that we can discuss actual life situations rather than just theological ideas or religious issues. As iMonk readers know, I am deeply concerned about the state of pastoral ministry (especially pastoral care) in our churches. Today’s study is a snapshot from […]

James 3:1 in the Age of Social Media

By Chaplain Mike At Christianity Today, the blogosphere blow-up over Rob Bell’s book prompted them to run a column today by John Dyer called, “Not Many of You Should Presume to Be Bloggers.” The title is taken from James 3:1, where James warns us, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that […]

How to win an argument . . . like a Christian

By Guest Blogger Andy Zehner Chaplain Mike made a nice post last Friday regretting what happens when Christians get “political.” By adding my own bit here I affirm what he said. Anything we do from a desire to score off someone else is wrong. But there’s another point I would add. It is too small […]