September 18, 2018

Ethiopian Lutherans Sever Ties with ELCA

On Feb. 7, the ELCA News Service reported that “the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) is severing its relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Church of Sweden and ‘those churches who have openly accepted same-sex marriage.’” The EECMY has been associated with the Swedish church for over 150 years and […]

Silence. Please.

I am convinced more and more every day — and especially in the light of tragic events yesterday — that the wisdom Christians in the U.S. need to learn is found in the Book of Job. Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out […]

Is It Just Me?

“Whistle!” There’s a penalty flag on the field. After a day’s thought, I decided to retract this post. You know, sometimes I just react, and this post was an example. After further review, I realize that my comments were knee-jerk, not considered, and not up to the standards I want maintained here at Internet Monk. […]

The Church Can’t Hide Its Sexual Brokenness

UPDATE: D’Souza has resigned. The conservative evangelical churches in the United States have a serious problem. While continually expressing opinions in public that come across as moral policing of our decadent culture, Christian groups and leaders also keep being beset by their own sexual sins and public scandals. Two cases in point in the news […]

Frank Schaeffer Reconsiders His Style

Frank Schaeffer is saying he’s had a change of heart. Over the years the son of Francis and Edith Schaeffer of L’Abri famously abandoned his role as a leader in the religious right, embraced Orthodox Christianity, and became a spokesman for the political left. At every stage he has been known for being blunt and […]

Of Chickens, Eagles, and Other Winged Creatures

‎”We don’t first define a class of people who will be our neighbors and then select only them as the objects of our love — leaving the rest to lie where they fall. Jesus deftly rejects the question, ‘Who is my neighbor?’ and substitutes the only question really relevant here: ‘To whom will I be […]

A Tale of Two Wilsons

Below you will read two remarkably different responses to this past week’s blogosphere blow-up. One, by the person who put the initial post up at The Gospel Coalition (now taken down), is honorable and reflects the spirit of Christ. The second, which is by the author whom the blogger quoted, well, you can read for […]

Sex, Authority/Submission, and Remarkable Insensitivity

“When we quarrel with the way the world is, we find that the world has ways of getting back at us. In other words, however we try, the sexual act cannot be made into an egalitarian pleasuring party. A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. a woman receives, surrenders, accepts. This is of course offensive to all […]

Today We Visit the Liberal Circus

One of the main acts in American Christianity’s liberal version of the “circus” — the Episcopal Church USA — completed its triennial General Convention here in Indianapolis last week and, as usual, created a lot of conversation. You can read a summary of the General Convention and the decisions they made HERE, but here are […]

A Few Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act Decision and Health Care in the U.S.

I’m no expert, I’m not an overtly political person, and I think about 90% of political debate is bluster and posturing. But I am on the front lines when it comes to health care, and I thought I should share some thoughts on yesterday’s historic decision by the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act […]