October 23, 2014

It’s “Holy Week” in America

Today’s guest post is by Chaplain Mike. UPDATE: Scot McKnight is discussing this over at Jesus Creed today as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed in sports. Sports were a part of almost everything I did, every friendship, most […]

Open Mic: Picking and Choosing in the Psalms

Chaplain Mike posts today’s Open Mic question on behalf of the iMonk, Michael Spencer. When I received this from Michael and was asked to post it, it reminded me that, often in my work as a hospice chaplain, I read the Psalms for my patients. However, I usually edit my readings. Why? The psalm Michael […]

Counting Blessings in the Middle of Difficulty

Today’s post is from IM First Officer Michael Bell. This past year has been a difficult one for me medically. In March I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, which for the uninformed means that I stop breathing while sleeping, for up to 90 seconds at a time, up to 60 times an hour. So […]

The Pre-Schooler and the Pistol

Today’s post is by Chaplain Mike. Last year, here in Indianapolis, a four-year-old was taken by emergency personnel to the hospital with a gunshot wound. At first, it was not clear what had happened. The family told police the child had shot himself. The police weren’t sure that the preschooler was strong enough to have […]

IM Classic: Confession

Since we’re on the subject of confession, here is a look at the subject from the personal side. Today, Chaplain Mike presents this classic iMonk post that Michael wrote in October, 2008. Some Christians love to talk about the sins of Obama or gays or the mainstream media, but get really animated when I suggest […]

How the Confession of My Sins Kept Me in the Church Part II

Today’s post is by Pat Kyle of New Reformation Press Back in March of 2009 I put up Part 1 of this post and talked a bit about corporate confession and absolution and how its regular practice helped anchor me in the church. There is a second part to this story and it deals with […]

Who Is My Neighbor?

Chaplain Mike presents this original story, based on real events. Lee was a writer and photographer, the kind of person who drew strength and energy from being alone and working on her arts. She and Frank had been married twenty-four years; it was a second marriage for both of them, each having divorced from unhappy […]

From the iMonk Archives: Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application

Since we have been discussing the Gospel and how it shapes our Christian lives, let’s continue the conversation by taking a look at this classic IM post from April, 2007. It amazes me that the apostles immediately know- they KNOW- that Christianity has to be applied in ways they had never thought before. Perhaps the […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: How do Christians “Live In the Gospel”?

Chaplain Mike posts today’s Open Mic topic. From an excellent article posted today at Leadership Journal called, “The Everyday Gospel,” by Tullian Tchividjian comes this quote: I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, while afterward we advance to deeper theological waters. But I’ve come to realize […]

Sometimes Being Right is Wrong

Today’s post is from IM First Officer Michael Bell. I have a great appreciation for my Pastor. I appreciate his perspectives on most issues, and I appreciate his leadership within the church. However, for the last two years we have disagreed quite strongly on one particular significant issue. What that issue is, is not important […]