August 2, 2014

#1 Reason Why Church Attendance Is Down – Really?

No, the number one reason why church attendance is down is not pizza. I did think however, that the story of a fictional iMonk pizzeria might help us understand the flaws in the stated reason and proposed solutions that are detailed later on in the post. Imagine you are a neighborhood pizzeria owner.  As the […]

The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?

I am a huge Ed Stetzer fan. I follow a grand total of 14 people on twitter, and he is one of them. Ed, by the way, has 125,000 following him! So who is Ed Stetzer? Here is his bio in Christianity Today: Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research Division, a prolific author, […]

What Hill Are You Willing To Die On?

Thanks for a good discussion. Comments now closed. Since I wrote last week about the World Vision decisions on their hiring policy, a number of writers have contributed their thoughts to the issue. One post by Tony Campolo generated an interesting bit of discussion on facebook among a couple of my friends. Tony wrote: I […]

Ashamed!

Let me be clear. This post is not about homosexuality. This post is not about what the Bible does or does not say about the topic. This post is not about the rightness or wrongness of the decision of World Vision USA to open up employment to those in same-sex marriages. This post is not […]

One Foot In The Wilderness

Michael Spencer kept looking over his shoulder. He was willing to express views that were not popular among others of his denomination and he expressed concern that there were individuals out there who were looking for opportunities to “report” him to the administrators at the school where he worked. I got a real sense of […]

Randy Thompson: The Sky Is Always Falling

The Sky Is Always Falling by Randy Thompson “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” (Alphonse Karr) The other day I went up to the local garage to have our mechanic switch our car’s regular tires over to snow tires—a winter ritual for many of us here in New Hampshire. While waiting, […]

Am I an Evangelical?

How do I describe myself as a Christian?  Am I an Evangelical?   Can I call myself anything else? Let me give you a bit of background.  I have attended seventeen different churches in my life.  Each for a period of at least one year.  Sixteen of them I attended since the age of eleven.  Fourteen […]

Redefining “Persecution”

Good words from Rachel Held Evans on the myth that Christians are being persecuted today in the United States: There are indeed Christians being persecuted around the world. There are Christians who break the law by gathering together for church, Christians whose family members have been executed for their beliefs, Christians who have been imprisoned […]

Spinning The Hits Backward

On Sunday I said I would try to play at least one request, and that is what I got: one request. iMonk reader Steve Scott asked me to talk about what happens when you play Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven backward. Ok Steve, here’s your long-distance request. First, a bit of background. I spent a […]

“But” Out Of God’s Love

“God is love.” Honestly . . . how do you react, deep down in your gut, when someone invokes that little quote from John’s first epistle? I believe most thoughtful evangelicals are like me on this, if  honest. We have a hard time trusting love, don’t we? Whenever any kind of apologetic or doctrinal debates turn […]