August 23, 2017

The Pathetic Pastoral Counsel of the Neo-Reformed

The Pathetic Pastoral Counsel of the Neo-Reformed Do unborn babies and young children go to heaven? Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” –Matthew 19:14 This is one of the questions the Bible does not answer for us. The best biblical […]

“Mindfulness” and other contemporary legalisms

Life in contemporary America is full of “should.” And how can it not be? We are forever “shoulding” all over each other. Modern American life is, at times, almost suffocating in self-righteousness and legalism. We may be the most judgmental people in history. And I’m not just talking about church folks, though I think this is […]

I won’t talk about the election, but I will say this

My main point: I think we should stop saying “It’s OK. God is on the throne.” • Ryan Patrick McLaughlin • • • I have determined not to make the election a topic of conversation with anyone, at least at this point. As for me, it is time to just get back to living and […]

Blame it all on sex. Uh, no.

According to Christian author, speaker, and apologist Frank Turek, sex is the problem in America these days, not unbelief. The reason, he says, that people are turning away from God is because they are chasing another religion: sex. It’s an old religion resurrected — the new religion in America is the religion of sex,” Turek […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2015

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from post that was originally published in January 2008. Folks did not always respond with words of sweetness and light when Michael wrote. Here is an example of how […]

Another Look: Boot Camp Blather

Note from CM: In July 2010, I wrote a rant that grew out of my attempts to comment on some other sites known for their strong views on a particular literalist interpretation of Genesis 1-2. Unlike the vast majority of the discussions here at Internet Monk, the “conversations” were nothing of the kind. I was […]

Pull the Plug on This Phrase, Please

Language matters. Let’s start there. Now, let me rant a bit. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as intimately acquainted with the evangelical subculture as I used to be, so I don’t cringe as much about evangelical cliches these days. But there is a phrase I keep hearing that is driving me […]

The Great Methodological Heresy

Let me say it at the start: I don’t give a rat’s tail about the “Hobby Lobby” case that the Supreme Court decided the other day. I don’t buy the Chicken Little mania of the progressives who think the sky of freedom and protection for women is falling. Nor do I buy the triumphalistic crowing […]

Thinking that Drives Me Crazy #1

Every once in a while I will put up a short post about an opinion, statement, idea, or attitude that I think deserves a quick, down-n-dirty rant. Today’s burst of bluster is targeted at a bit of pious teaching that appears aimed at sucking the pleasure out of life. I saw this tweet recently. Who […]

Pastor Piper Scares the Kids

UPDATE: In order to assist my “impulse control,” I will be going on a fast for the foreseen future. I will not presume to pick apart the popular Pastor Piper’s pronouncements any longer. Whate’er rants there be They will not be directed at he. * * * I’m sorry, this may represent my poor impulse […]