October 24, 2017

Concerning Halloween by James B. Jordan

Note from Chaplain Mike: This was Michael Spencer’s favorite article on Halloween. Thanks to James B. Jordan for giving us permission to reprint it as we prepare to celebrate our first Halloween since Michael’s death. It has become routine in October for some Christian schools to send out letters warning parents about the evils of […]

A Conversation We Must Have

By Chaplain Mike Thanks for a great discussion, everyone. To be continued… Comments are now closed. I have avoided this for a long time, but at some point, we are going to have to talk about it. I haven’t wanted to bring it up because, like most hot-button issues, trying to have a conversation about […]

The New Battle for the Bible, part 1

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Coming of age in a fundamentalist church in the 70’s left one feeling a little like a Titanic passenger who’s made it onto the life boat: Yes, it’s kind of cold and cramped in here, and no, we don’t know here we’re going, but at least it’s not down.  Not […]

Al Mohler Is Right. Now What?

By Chaplain Mike Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, icon of the conservative and Calvinistic resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, and public voice of the Christian right in America’s culture war, is not someone with whom I normally identify. However, this time I think he got it exactly right. In […]

Health Care in America—What to Do at the End of Life?

By Chaplain Mike As you may know, I work as a hospice chaplain. Our service specializes in caring for people who are in the final season of life. A multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals provides medical and personal care, psycho-social care, and spiritual care for our patients and support to their families. In order to […]

Open Mic: Our Money, Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike Economics has been leading the news and preoccupying our minds for the past couple of years now, ever since the financial crisis that hit hard in 2007, with continuing effects on economies here and around the world. Some of you may be reeling from losing a job, not being able to find […]

American Patriotic Christianity: A Canadian Perspective

By Michael Bell This past month we celebrated both Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on July 4th. This inspired some thoughts about getting some Canadian perspectives on “American Patriotic Christianity”. As I am the lone Canadian writer at Internet Monk, I gathered up seven of my Canadian, primarily “unchurched” friends, to get […]

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright’s Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that attention. If you are looking for a book that gives an easy to read, yet comprehensive assessment of the status […]

Stanley and Screwtape

By Guest Blogger, Andy Zehner Andy is Damaris Zehner’s (very talented) husband. The notion that Socialism is the greatest threat facing Christianity was rightly shouted down on iMonk.(1) But why was that particular claim put forward in the first place? Why are Charles Stanley and the people who follow him especially concerned about a policy […]

Humane Resources

No one likes whining.  I’ll try not to whine.  I realize that if you speak out against mistreatment on others’ behalf, it’s justice.  If you speak out on your own behalf, it’s whining.  But maybe I can see the bottom of the boot better from down here and describe it more accurately.  If that’s whining, […]