August 18, 2018

The Evangelical Liturgy 3: The Leaders

Intro, 1, 2. If you are looking for a complete theology of the pastorate, sorry. I am going to talk about the relationship of leaders to the worship service itself, and a few related issues. The sermon is a separate subject. One point I am making is that ministers are not entirely preachers. Someone has […]

iMonk 101: Alastair Roberts on “The Denominational Church”

Looking over recent comments and emails, it occured to me that many of you would benefit from the writing of Alastair Roberts- a former IM favorite blogger now semi-retired- who wrote some of the most helpful thoughts about the church I’ve ever read. In fact, I carry around the originals in my brief bag all […]

The Law/Gospel Rant

NOTE: Despite the fact that this post is law, you should still read it 🙂 I want to talk about a specific problem in preaching and teaching: the problem of preferring law over Gospel. I consider the primary problem with preaching and teaching in my Southern Baptist tradition these days to be an obsession with […]

Higher Things: A New Model of Youth Ministry/An Interview with Pr. Bill Cwirla

UPDATE: Pr. Cwirla has a follow-up post on worship at Higher Things. I recently became aware of a youth ministry movement in the Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod called “Higher Things.” I was intrigued on several counts. HT takes the best of the Lutheran tradition and makes it the substance of student conferences. Rather than hear […]

Is There A Place To Repent? (Or Must I Make This Journey Alone?)

6: 9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none […]

Michael Bell: What Is An “Average Church?”

Welcome back IM First Officer Michael Bell as the guest blogger today. You may have heard people say that the “average” sized church in the U.S. or Canada is about 75 people. You also may have heard someone say that the “average” sized church in North America is about 185 people. Who is right? It […]

“What are your thoughts on a Biblical model for youth ministry?”

Moving on, folks. Moving on. Reader Chris has written me a couple of notes on my overall views of youth ministry. I owe him an answer, but I’d like to open up a couple of posts on the general idea of where we are going in youth ministry. I’ve been involved primarily with teenagers for […]

Where Is Church Discipline When You Need It? (Part 4): Does Church Discipline Always Look Like Church Discipline?

My posts so far have carried an agenda. I would like readers to consider what church discipline looks like when it is the church’s compassionate ministry to those who are suffering, rather than primarily a punitive action toward those who are sinning. I am aware that, according to a full understanding of church discipline, it […]

Michael Bell on “How the Recession May Fuel Church Growth”

IM First Officer Michael Bell takes the helm for another look at the statistical data facing evangelicals. This time the news is hopeful, as he explores a connection between the recession and Protestant church growth. Welcome back Michael. (Visit Michael at The Eclectic Christian.) Michael Spencer recently republished an article which looked at the problems […]

iMonk 101: The Magnificent Young Men and Their Pastoring Machines (Revisited)

Our wayback machine today takes us to the first year of Internet Monk.com, where you’ll find a lengthy essay called “Those Magnificent Young Men and Their Pastoring Machines.” (Excuse the spelling errors. No proofreading in the old days.) It’s my original rant about what was happening to the practice of the pastorate at the time. […]