November 22, 2014

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 […]

When America Believed In the Bible Alone

It was still “the Bible alone,” as proclaimed during the Reformation, that American Protestants trusted. But it was also “the Bible alone” of all historic religious authorities that survived the antitraditional tide and then undergirded the remarkable evangelical expansion of the early nineteenth century . By undercutting trust in other traditional authorities , the power-suspecting […]

Another Look: Ballyard Religion

Note from CM: This was written about a month after Michael Spencer died in 2010. I was coaching my grandson’s T-ball team at the time and remembering Michael’s love for baseball when I wrote it. It touches on a theme that was also a common concern for Michael and me: the dearth of understanding in […]

One Big Problem with Evangelical Worship

On his blog and Facebook timeline last week, Tim Challies posted the following picture and quote. In my opinion, it represents a point of view that is a constant problem for evangelical worshipers. Challies represents the new calvinist tradition, so the quote takes on a distinct cast, but other evangelical groups share a similar perspective, […]

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, […]

Give me that ol’ time Evangelicalism?

Roger Olson wrote a piece recently giving his personal perspective on the changes he has seen in American evangelicalism during his lifetime. He is well qualified to do so, and in the article he lists his personal and professional credentials: I’ve been in the “thick” of evangelicalism my whole life. I attended an evangelical college […]

Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Double Barrel Aged: A Metaphor for Liturgy

An Internet Monk writer walked into a bar… “Bartender,” I said, “What would you recommend for a thirsty man?” “This is your lucky day,” he replied. “We serve Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout here. It is the perfect beer and ranked as the number one beer in America on rankbeer.com. Let me read you what […]

David Fitch: The Caffeine Free Diet Coke: A Metaphor for Evangelicalism 4 years later

Note from CM: Thanks to David Fitch for permission to re-post this insightful article about the nature of evangelicalism. I have highlighted one group of sentences below that I think is most important for understanding where Fitch is coming from. He says, “I think it’s been proven that we cannot overlay “missional” over the same […]

The Pressure to Produce Results

Note from CM: Today’s post is from our friend Adam Palmer, who has written a new book with Craig Gross coming out in August, called Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care About Your Status, Size, or Success. This book is an encouragement to ditch the evangelical church world’s “success” mentality and simply do the thing […]