December 14, 2017

Am I an Evangelical?

How do I describe myself as a Christian?  Am I an Evangelical?   Can I call myself anything else? Let me give you a bit of background.  I have attended seventeen different churches in my life.  Each for a period of at least one year.  Sixteen of them I attended since the age of eleven.  Fourteen […]

Redefining “Persecution”

Good words from Rachel Held Evans on the myth that Christians are being persecuted today in the United States: There are indeed Christians being persecuted around the world. There are Christians who break the law by gathering together for church, Christians whose family members have been executed for their beliefs, Christians who have been imprisoned […]

Spinning The Hits Backward

On Sunday I said I would try to play at least one request, and that is what I got: one request. iMonk reader Steve Scott asked me to talk about what happens when you play Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven backward. Ok Steve, here’s your long-distance request. First, a bit of background. I spent a […]

“But” Out Of God’s Love

“God is love.” Honestly . . . how do you react, deep down in your gut, when someone invokes that little quote from John’s first epistle? I believe most thoughtful evangelicals are like me on this, if  honest. We have a hard time trusting love, don’t we? Whenever any kind of apologetic or doctrinal debates turn […]

Candy Canes

I often hear the phrase “the reason for the season” at this time of year. In case you are wondering what the reason for this season is, I can tell you in one five-letter word. Sugar. Pure, one hundred percent cane sugar, and lots of it. To quote that great keeper of Christmas, Buddy the […]

My Quick Take on the Bell Blow-Up

By Chaplain Mike Comments closed. The conversation is degenerating… I promise not to take too much of your time with this one. Subject: Rob Bell vs. Justin Taylor, John Piper, Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, et al. Scot McKnight gives an overview of various reviews of Bell’s book, Love Wins, here. Jimmy Spencer at Red Letter […]

Paul’s New Law—Or Our Identity In Christ?

Note from JD: In anticipation of many, um, interesting comments that will follow this post, I am donning my Simul Iustus et Peccator (At Once Justified and Sinner) t-shirt sent to me by our friends at New Reformation Press. I highly recommend you get one for yourself before you find me guilty of treason, blasphemy, or […]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Anxieties 5—The End of the World

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 12, 2007 From Chaplain Mike: In the midst of all the insanity about “the end times” that Christians have produced since the Rapture theory became predominant, Michael Spencer (as usual) uttered this word of sanctified Biblical realism and common sense. There’s not a lot that I […]

Another Look: The Advance Team Is Spreading the Word!

By Chaplain Mike Alert friend of IM Eric N. sent me a note saying that he had seen a bus stop ad for the Rapture. Apparently, Jesus has sent his advance team out to spread the word. Back in March, we reported the convoluted prognostications of Harold Camping, who is behind this ad campaign. Since […]

Open Mic: Is Narnia too Scary for Kids?

By Chaplain Mike On her•meneutics, Christianity Today’s blog for women, Elrena Evans has written a post called, “Why There’s No Narnia in Our Home.” I’d like to hear your opinions on it today. It turns out that Ms. Evans takes a very aggressive role in controlling the reading material to which her children are exposed. […]