July 29, 2015

So Long!

Today is my last regular post at Internet Monk. I have some pressing family matters that are going to take much of my attention for the foreseeable future and after much thought it seemed it was an appropriate time to end my regular contribution at Internet Monk. I am very grateful for all the opportunities […]

A Moral Continental Divide?

I will refrain from opining on this subject, but since we’re talking about evangelicalism this week, we should probably note some developments with regard to the issue that many evangelicals see as the key moral issue in our culture and society. Several recent statements by prominent evangelicals have been in the news, and I want […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 31, 2015

From June 2006, edited. Entertainment. Entertainment is an idolatry that has become so much a part of evangelicalism that you almost can’t talk about it. Unlike “God and Country” patriotism, which is something you can point at and say “There it is. Let’s discuss it,” entertainment has become part of everything evangelicals do.

Faith in the system, or faith in Jesus?

I am going to try and make sense with this post, but please bear with me. I just got home late from being on call, and have given myself a one-hour time limit to put this post together. I’ll try to make my point concise, but I’m not sure I will be able to give […]

Mea Culpa: Andy Stanley’s “Temple” Model

I spoke too soon. Like often happens, I heard something and filtered it through my own learning and experience. Then I responded to what I thought I heard. That is bad listening, something I abhor. Mea culpa. Yesterday, in our open forum, the subject of Andy Stanley’s “temple model” came up. A commenter referenced this article and […]

Adam Palmer: Embracing and Excluding

Our churches have a people problem. I’m as guilty as anyone, I guess. I would consider myself a “progressive” person, fairly open-handed in my theology, craving diversity when I gather with the church on Sunday morning. I want these things, sure. If they were to show up on the doorstep of our church’s gathering place, […]

Richard Beck: The moral implication of interpretive pluralism

Unpublished: Being Biblical Means Being Doctrinally Tolerant Richard Beck • • • Richard Beck gets down to brass tacks in an excerpt from an unpublished article he had written about how doctrinal gate-keeping can be a delusional exercise. The first sentence states an obvious point that is somehow ignored regularly by those who insist most […]

What can you do with a General?

What can you do with a General When he stops being a General? • Irving Berlin The other day, my friend John Armstrong posted the following status on Facebook. This pastor’s story elicited a large number of comments, and rightly so. Though quite different in detail, his experience reminded me of my own journey of […]

iMonk Classic: The Annual Halloween Rant (one of them)

As October 31st looms, it’s time for true confessions. I grew up among Southern Baptist fundamentalist Baptists. The KJV-only, women can’t wear pants, twenty verses of “Just As I Am,” Jerry Falwell, Jack Chick, twice a year revival kind of fundamentalist Baptists. We were serious about things like beer. By sheer quantity of attention in […]

Pull the Plug on This Phrase, Please

Language matters. Let’s start there. Now, let me rant a bit. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as intimately acquainted with the evangelical subculture as I used to be, so I don’t cringe as much about evangelical cliches these days. But there is a phrase I keep hearing that is driving me […]