July 29, 2016

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 […]

“What About Bob?” and Christian Ministry

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Note from Chaplain Mike: Dan has been a good friend for nearly 25 years, and a great partner in ministry. He is pastor of Franklin Community Church in Franklin, IN. He will be one of our new Liturgical Gangstas, who should reappear here at IM in August. Welcome, Daniel! Is […]

Stanley and Screwtape

By Guest Blogger, Andy Zehner Andy is Damaris Zehner’s (very talented) husband. The notion that Socialism is the greatest threat facing Christianity was rightly shouted down on iMonk.(1) But why was that particular claim put forward in the first place? Why are Charles Stanley and the people who follow him especially concerned about a policy […]

A Rosary By Any Other Name … Is For What, Now?

Editor’s Note: Alan Creech is a longtime friend, sponsor and contributor to the Internet Monk community. I asked Alan, in light of recent news stories about celebrities and gang members wearing rosaries, to help us understand the true usage of this oft-misunderstood piece of Christian “gear.” You can visit Alan’s web site to see the […]

Pursuit Of Happiness?

Editor’s note: Joe Spann will be contributing to our iMonk community from time to time. He previously wrote about our Dangerous God. Joe is not a “professional Christian,” simply a follower of Jesus learning as he goes. And for the record, I am the “friend” who asked the question that got this whole topic started–Jeff […]