October 22, 2017

Welcome To This World

A video has been making the rounds on the Internet these days that begs a response. Before I make my comments, take time to watch this for yourself. [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rwioe1SGkQ’]

Open Mic: Do We Need To Vote For A Christian?

I am going to say this right up front. I do not want any comments shilling for a specific candidate, or any comments that put down other candidates. Moderation (once I can get back to my computer) will be strict. Play by the rules, iMonks. Quite a dust storm has erupted from Dallas. No, as […]

Decline And Fall

There’s been a lot of discussion over the last 1500 years or so of what led to the fall of the Roman Empire and ushered in the Dark Ages.  Such discussions are hard to conduct because already there are those (and I am among them) who want to point out that the eastern half of […]

OK, I’m Blushing…

By Chaplain Mike Why does everything have to be an “issue” for Christians? Why do we feel the need to speak publicly about every matter under heaven? Why is so necessary to make it clear “where we stand” on everything? Can’t (shouldn’t) there be some things that we deal with quietly, privately, personally, face to […]

Official Historian of the Culture War (for the Right)

By Chaplain Mike What Ken Ham is to evolutionary biology, David Barton is to American history. Ham is not a scientist, nor is Barton a historian. Yet both claim to know and present THE truth about their respective subjects. And because they are such hard workers and good marketers, they have become the spokesmen of […]

The “Sermonator” and the Culture of Pizzazz

By Chaplain Mike I cut my teeth as a preacher and pastor in the 1970’s and 80’s. There were not many evangelical ministers in my circles who, at one time or another, did not have serious schoolboy crushes on Chuck Swindoll. Swindoll is the pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, the chancellor and […]

150 Years Ago, Today…

By Chaplain Mike Today is the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of what is considered the official beginning of the American Civil War—the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, SC (April 12-13, 1861). Ft. Sumter was one of five Union forts that remained in the newly formed Confederacy. In the months preceding the battle, […]

Continuing Discussion: “To Change the World”

By Chaplain Mike Today we consider our discussion of James Davison Hunter’s profoundly stimulating book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. Hunter’s book challenges common Christian notions of “changing the world” and “transforming the culture.” We are dealing with a particular subject that is being […]

Our Inadequate Grasp of “Culture”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will join the conversation as I continue to work through James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In our first discussion, we talked through a question: If America has as many people with faith commitments as […]

Open Mic: Why So Little “Impact”?

By Chaplain Mike I am catching up with some books that I have wanted to read for some time. One is James Davidson Hunter’s, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, a provocative look at how we understand and call Christians to participate in the church’s […]