July 23, 2017

Progressive Antidotes: Worship not Performance – the Pursuit of Authenticity

Progressive Antidotes Worship not Performance – the Pursuit of Authenticity We are spending some time with Morgan Guyton’s new book, How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. Guyton represents one of the three main streams that has flowed out of American evangelical culture to form post-evangelicalism. This third stream, as we discussed […]

Progressive Antidotes: The Big Question

I was intrigued by an article I put on the iMonk bulletin board yesterday. Zack Hunt posted an overview of points from Morgan Guyton’s new book, How Jesus Saves the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity. Guyton and his wife Cheryl are co-directors of the NOLA Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist campus ministry […]

Top-Down Authority? or Bottom-Up Faith? or Both?

I hope soon to read and review Diana Butler Bass’s new book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (actually I’m waiting for Kindle ebook prices to come down). I’ve heard some interviews with her and have read a few articles, and she has some good insights […]

iMonk Classic: Review of “Deep Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 15, 2009 “A chastened, invigorated traditionalism, re-rooted in deeper, better soil and paying attention to the younger voices and cultural changes, is the better evangelical future.” Jim Belcher’s fine book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional has been at the top of my […]

A Simpler Emerging Way

By Chaplain Mike When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Luke 18:22, NRSV) “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your […]

Where Is “Emerging” Now, and Where Is It Going?

By Chaplain Mike According to Rick Bennett, aka DJ Word, the obituary for the Emerging Movement has already been written: MINNEAPOLIS — The Emerging Church, the controversial Christian movement that inspired many to plant churches, leave behind their faith and question authority, died in her sleep Thursday following a short illness. She was 21 (according […]

Convince Me!

By Chaplain Mike OK, you are going to find out today just how cantankerous and out of touch the ol’ Chaplain is. The longer I have been a believer in and follower of Jesus, the less I have been attracted to “movements” (“fads?”) in the church. I realize this puts me at odds with those […]

The Emerging Movement: Getting the Big Picture

By Chaplain Mike Series Note: This is the first in a series of posts on the Emerging Church, one of the three “streams” that has come forth from the old evangelical coalition. In future weeks, we will discuss the Ancient-Future movement, and the New Reformed Movement. Getting a handle on a movement as diverse as […]

Three Streams in the Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike Here at IM, we recently noted that Scot McKnight joined a conversation at Patheos on “The Future of Evangelicalism” with his article “The Old Coalition Is Passing.” In his article, Scot observes that the old coalition of evangelicalism has become fragmented into “alternatives and elements” rather than an identifiable coalition. In particular, […]