November 27, 2015

Christians Need More Enemies

A word from Chaplain Mike: This is the first of what I hope will be many posts by good friend Damaris Zehner. Thanks, Damaris! We Christians ought to have more enemies. This post is not about fat and happy Christians needing more suffering to test their faith. It’s not about standing up for what we […]

Are Liberals and Atheists Smarter?

On Thursdays we welcome posts from friends. Today, long time friend of IM Michael Bell examines some recent studies that come to some provocative conclusions. By Michael Bell A study just published in the March issue of the Social Psychology Quarterly confirms what many liberals and atheists have told us for years. Those who hold […]

Scandalous Grace of God

This appreciation is by Jeff Dunn. I first met Michael Spencer, via the telephone, after I had my heart turned inside-out by a bit of writing most would never have dared to compose. It was shortly after his (in)famous collection of posts, The Coming Evangelical Collapse. As a literary agent, I spent considerable time “scouting” […]

My View: Genesis 1

By Chaplain Mike. My interest in the first chapters of Genesis began to blossom when I was in seminary, studying under Dr. John Sailhamer. Over the years, I have come back to it again and again. My understanding has grown and been refined each time I’ve taken it up. It saddens me that Genesis 1 […]

Bruce Waltke on Staying in the Discussion

Posted by Chaplain Mike. Bruce Waltke is a renowned conservative Old Testament scholar. He served on the translation committees for the NASB and NIV Bibles. Waltke is a professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia and a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society. His commentary on Genesis is […]

Practice Resurrection, continued — On Grace and Works

By Chaplain Mike. Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of the key passages Christians use when trying to help people understand that salvation is by God’s grace, a gift that we receive by faith without adding any good works of our own. When someone freely gives us a gift, it is of the essence of the exchange […]

Practice Resurrection, continued — Why I Love Eugene Peterson

Noted by Chaplain Mike. I’ve been distracted lately from my reading of Eugene Peterson’s new book, Practice Resurrection, a conversation about spiritual maturity from Ephesians. Tonight, I came back to it, and found this story. Sublime illustration. Two friends, Fred and Cheryl, went to Haiti twenty-five years ago to pick up a child they had […]

Now I’m Scared. Really.

By Chaplain Mike. The Middle East is front page news again this week, and agreement and peace are nowhere in sight. Watch the following video and get a whole new angle on the story. Is this man and the movement he represents the ones you want influencing the Prime Minister of Israel and U.S. policy […]

The Long and Wandering Process of Prayer

From Chaplain Mike. David Hansen has been one of my surest pastoral guides. His book, The Art of Pastoring: Ministry without All the Answers, is in my view one of the wisest manuals for contemplative ministry available, especially for those in smaller churches. Today, I want to highlight the main concept in another of Hansen’s […]

At the Movies Remix

From Chaplain Mike. OK, so Mark Driscoll dissed “Avatar” calling it, “the most demonic, satanic movie I’ve ever seen.” And Christianity Today didn’t like it, especially when he pointed to their review as an example of contemporary evangelicalism’s inability to exercise discernment. This post is not about that. For the record, I have not seen […]