July 30, 2014

iMonk 101: Bill Mackinnon’s “I’m Not Spiritual”

I’m not feeling particularly spiritual these days. Of course, even that sentence is a symptom of how much revivalistic ways of thinking are still running around in my brain. The Gospel is good news for the unspiritual, am that is good news indeed as far as I am concerned. Anyway, the BHT’s Bill Mackinnon penned […]

iMonk 101: “Read It Again…and Don’t Skip The Hard Parts”

iMonk 101 revisits some of my more popular essays from the past.” “Read It Again…and Don’t Skip the Hard Parts” is an essay about discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, and how difficult it is for some American Christians to get what the Bible is talking about. It’s a good Thanksgiving season essay that will […]

iMonk 101: Subcultural Christianity or “I know he’s a Christian ’cause I saw it on his bumper sticker.”

I’m cranky and not posting anything new. Here’s a fired up iMonk essay from the archives: Subcultural Christianity or “I Know He’s a Christian ‘Cause I Saw It On His Bumper Sticker.” An early stop on the road to post-evangelicalism, this essay is all about American Idolatry in the church. Read: Subcultural Christianity or “I […]

Glenn Lucke on TRs/The “Humility Zone”

Chief blogger at Common Grounds Online Glenn Lucke responds to my discussion of “TRs”, and adds his two cents on epistemological humility, a term I call the “humility zone,” and which TRs hate more than Mark Driscoll teaching ESL. Glenn “gets it” when it comes to the irony of believing in total depravity but finding […]

The Passion of the Haggard Part II

UPDATE: Read Gordon Macdonald’s comments at Out of Ur. Compelling. “The hardness of God is softer than the kindness of men, because His compulsion is our liberation.” -Henri Nouwen Some thoughts from the archives, and then a few thoughts from the last 24 hours. For starters, say a prayer for Ted Haggard, his wife, children, […]

The Great Pumpkin Proposes A Toast

Every year since I first published this piece, someone has linked it and I get requests for it to reappear. It’s one of my favorite IM pieces, and is dedicated to all of those writers and artists who believe in the holy and wholesome use of the imagination. Here’s a toast to Halloween, and all […]

A Persistent Irrationality by leif rigney

leif rigney, University English prof and original Internet Monk writer, penned a great essay on superstitous, irrational Christians. It’s an older IM piece, but still funny, truthful and helpful. Put it in your Imonk 101 folder and reread it. Then pass it around. To all those hiding from $6.66 in change, this essay’s for you. […]

To Know We’re Not Alone

Describing the true nature of Christian experience is an important part of what I want to do with my writing. It’s also one of the things most controversial about this blog and what I’ve chosen to express through it. Some of my past posts have come close to writing the kinds of pieces that I […]

In The Gay Old Summertime Revisited

Some of you are asking about my views on homosexuality. I said just about everything I have to say about the topic of homosexuality in the IM essay “In The Gay Old Summertime.” Though written several years ago when my kids were watching “Queer Eye,” it still expresses my own response to this issue as […]

Buchanan on Sabbath + The Sanity Verses Revisited

I think some of us need to hear the good news of sabbath and refreshment. Wow. A great book from a great writer: Mark Buchanan on “The Rest of God.” It’s the finest exploration of the role of the sabbath in the life of the Christian I have ever read. Simply superb and a delight […]