August 19, 2017

Best of Michael Spencer: Wretched Urgency

Note from CM: Today, we present Michael’s classic critique of revivalistic fundamentalism that introduced a key term into the post-evangelical lexicon. • • • Wretched Urgency: The Grace of God, or Hamsters on a Wheel? My friend and prayer partner just looked across the lunch table and said I didn’t look good. In fact, he said […]

Fundamentalist Toxicity

Fundamentalism is a problem, no matter what kind it is. Aurora Dagny (a pseudonym) has written an article for The McGill Daily called, “Everything is problematic,” in which she tells her story about her involvement in radical leftist political groups and how she eventually escaped their unhealthy influence. “There is something dark and vaguely cultish about […]

When Asking a Question Is Itself a Problem

Here is an exceedingly wise word from Samantha Field, in an interview she gave at the her.meneutics blog called, “Finding Faith after Spiritual Indoctrination.” I recommend the entire article. However, this part is essential reading, and I pull it out for our consideration and discussion today. * * * Spiritual abuse is so much more […]

Peter Enns on Reasons to Not Give Up on Fundamentalists

Yesterday, Pete Enns ran a great post about why he (and blogs like IM) should remain engaged in loving conversation with those in more fundamentalist traditions of the faith who disagree with us. Here are the nine reasons he listed: 1. Fundamentalists are human beings and therefore are of infinite worth. 2. Fundamentalists are my brothers and […]

Follow-up Post: “Quivering Daughters”

By Chaplain Mike Consider this a follow-up to last week’s discussion on Bill Gothard and the related topics that were brought up in the comment thread, such as patriarchy, homeschooling, courtship, separatism, rules-based spirituality, and so on. It seems the post uncovered a lot of hurt, confusion, and questions. In our comments we heard from […]

My Last Post . . . Ever!

By Chaplain Mike After 6pm tomorrow night, I will either be “caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thess 4:17), or so busy dealing with the aftermath of The Global Earthquake that will shake the world, that I will not have time for blogging. And since I have decided not […]

Thirty Days and Counting…

By Chaplain Mike “We learn from the Bible that Holy God plans to rescue about 200 million people (that is about 3% of today’s population). On the first day of the Day of Judgment (May 21, 2011) they will be caught up (raptured) into Heaven because God had great mercy for them. This is why […]

The Disney-ization of Faith

By Chaplain Mike NOTE from CM: Comments on this post are closed. Please join us on current posts for further discussion. Let me say it right from the beginning — I have always enjoyed Disney movies and characters. From my infancy, when mom and dad took me to Disneyland, to my childhood when I swam […]

iMonk Classic: Signs I’m Weary of Weird Christians

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: Here is Michael at his best—forthright, incisive, passionate, hilarious, and clear. I love what he says about the “NORMAL” Christian life. So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?” (John […]

Another Look: The Advance Team Is Spreading the Word!

By Chaplain Mike Alert friend of IM Eric N. sent me a note saying that he had seen a bus stop ad for the Rapture. Apparently, Jesus has sent his advance team out to spread the word. Back in March, we reported the convoluted prognostications of Harold Camping, who is behind this ad campaign. Since […]