July 23, 2014

iMonk Classic: Leaving Behind the Church-Shaped Life

Since it has been a rather post-evangelical week here on Internet Monk, I think it only fitting that the last words I contribute to the subject, before turning things over to Mike Bell tomorrow, come from Michael Spencer. The following is an excerpt from Michael’s book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality […]

Wretched Enthusiasm

It felt so big to you, that fire in your heart. It filled your body, gave you a sort of buoyancy and belonging. A sense of purpose. . . . The God-fire grew big and hot and wild, and your whole world began to glow with it. It raged in your heart, and before you […]

Another Look: A Journey to Wonder

First posted August 24, 2010. This post gives an overview of my own story about a journey from evangelicalism to an “ancient-future” form of faith. Your own mileage may vary, of course, but I thought it important to put a personal touch on the things we’ve been discussing from Robert Webber this week. * * […]

Ancient-Future Faith (3): The Church in a Postmodern World

During my seminary education, I never felt we really addressed the question: “What does it mean to be a member of the church” Later, when I turned to the early Christian tradition and began, for the first time, to understand what it meant to be a member of the body of Christ, it was like […]

Ancient-Future Faith (2): Christ for a Postmodern World

For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. – Ephesians 1:9-10, RSV For in him all […]

Ancient-Future Faith (1): Faith in a Post-Modern World

Introduction This week we will discuss portions of a classic book by Robert E. Webber: Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World. In conjunction with these posts, you might want to review a series we did back in August, 2010 called, “Three Streams in the Post-Evangelical Wilderness.” One of those streams we identified as […]

Who Is Christ for Us Today?

What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience–and that means the time of religion in […]

iMonk Class Review: Defining Evangelicalism and Post-Evangelicalism

Since Internet Monk designates itself as “Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness,” it is important from time to time to recall what we mean by “evangelical.” Over at Jesus Creed today, Scot McKnight reviews a new book about Dallas Willard that includes a helpful sketch of evangelicalism, both in terms of its emphases and its historical […]

Another Look: The Day of Salvation?

This was first posted in April, 2010. I remember the day I changed my thinking about when I was “saved.” I had grown up in a mainline Protestant denomination, was baptized and confirmed, attended worship and Sunday School, and dabbled with youth group. However, in my teen years, I was not deeply involved. Then the […]

Longing for a Mother, not a Babysitter

I was talking to some old friends the other night and explaining why I had decided to practice my faith in the Lutheran tradition. As we were conversing, it struck me how many of us here at Internet Monk, post-evangelicals in spirit, have taken refuge in historic traditions. Michael Spencer, the original Internet Monk and […]