January 24, 2017

Guest Post — Science and Faith Issues: A Personal Testimony and a Plea for Perspective

Update: Sorry, while I was away today, we received some spam that appeared in the comments. I have deleted these and related comments. CM. Note from CM: Earlier this year, I was involved in a discussion about Genesis and creation issues on a site where my views were most certainly not welcome. I kept noticing […]

Creativity Overcoming Safety

Editor’s note: I came across this essay by Orlando, Florida pastor Cole NeSmith recently. Cole says what I have been saying for years, only much better than I could say it. Read this and pass it on to others to read as well. This is so important to understand: Not just for artists, but for […]

Concerning Halloween by James B. Jordan

Note from Chaplain Mike: This was Michael Spencer’s favorite article on Halloween. Thanks to James B. Jordan for giving us permission to reprint it as we prepare to celebrate our first Halloween since Michael’s death. It has become routine in October for some Christian schools to send out letters warning parents about the evils of […]

Guest Post: John Armstrong asks, “How Otherworldly Should I Be?”

Note from Chaplain Mike: Recently, we had a series of posts on the subject of Spiritual Formation. One point I made in those articles is that “the Christian life” (so-called) is not some life that is lived on a different plane, but it is this life, this ordinary, human life that every person born into […]

The New Battle for the Bible, part 1

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Coming of age in a fundamentalist church in the 70’s left one feeling a little like a Titanic passenger who’s made it onto the life boat: Yes, it’s kind of cold and cramped in here, and no, we don’t know here we’re going, but at least it’s not down.  Not […]

“Don’t (worry about trying not to) waste your life”

Today we welcome guest poster, Sean Muldowney. A Note from Chaplain Mike: One of the most subtle forms of legalism takes hold of believers through forms of pietism. Pietism is an approach to the life of faith that emphasizes the intensity of our religious feelings and devotion. Modern evangelicalism is rife with it. Go to […]

The Small god of Modern Evangelicalism

Today’s post is by guest blogger Daniel Jepsen. Yes, the non-capitilzation of the third word in the title is deliberate. I don’t think the god I am talked about deserves to be capitalized. For I am not talking about the God of the scriptures, but the god that is worshipped in much of modern American […]

“Things New and Old”–”Fr. Ernesto’s Testimony

Thanks to friend of IM Fr. Ernesto Obregon for this testimony. A word from Chaplain Mike: As we begin our week of emphasis on the Ancient-Future movement, I thought it would good to hear the testimony of someone whose faith journey has taken him through different streams of tradition and ultimately led him to find […]

An Open Letter to Ken Ham

A Response to Ken Ham: Let’s Make Peace Reproduced by permission from the Evolving in Monkey Town blog by Rachel Held Evans, July 30, 2010 I’ll admit it: I love Rachel Held Evans. Not long ago, we reviewed her funny, winsome, thoughtful memoir called Evolving in Monkey Town, a book that encourages a faith that […]

A “Mass” of Catholics

Today’s post is from guest blogger Daniel Jepsen One of the great things about the English language is its utter absurdity.  Foreigners trying to learn English can be forgiven for wondering if we made up some rules just to confuse them. Take collective nouns for animals.  Instead of just calling several members of the same […]