May 22, 2018

It’s No Longer Just Fringe Theology

It’s No Longer Just Fringe Theology When I was in seminary back in the mid- to late-1980s, I remember taking a class with Don Carson on some of the Pauline letters. He remarked that students at that time had a completely different set of interests than they did just a decade before. I had been […]

Masturbatory Worship Music

A few weeks ago, Gail and I were sitting in a restaurant on a Sunday following church. This particular restaurant must be owned by evangelical Christians, because every time I go there, I hear Christian praise and worship music being played as I eat. I don’t know if it’s a Sirius channel or some form […]

The Evangelical Dilemma

The Evangelical Dilemma I don’t think Christianity is about converting people. • Michael Spencer, Wretched Urgency • • • I once had a Jewish patient, non-observant, who was one of the most thoughtful, delightful people I’ve met. My ministry to him was the same as it is to all my patients – to provide pastoral […]

Another Look: Overrated — Expressing My Opinion

The irony is not lost on this author. In this post I will share my opinion, stating my opinion that sharing opinions is overrated. And I will publish it on a blog dedicated to giving people a forum for sharing their opinions. So there. As a young minister, I soon learned the truth of a […]

iMonk Classic: The One and Only

By Michael Spencer — October 2006 For evangelical people, our authority is the God who has spoken supremely in Jesus Christ. And that is equally true of redemption or salvation. God has acted in and through Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. I think it’s necessary for evangelicals to add that what God has […]

3 Problems Related to Spiritual Experiences

As I was reflecting on yesterday’s post and some of the comments, I was struck with a few thoughts regarding spiritual discernment and the broader subject of personal spiritual experience. In particular, I was thinking about how the experiential side of faith, expressed in such terms as “hearing God’s voice,” “being led by the Spirit,” […]

Priorities find the right track in “The Lansdale Statement”

Note from CM: This is from the official website of Lansdale Borough, PA: “For those seeking a suburban sanctuary with urban sensibilities, Lansdale is an established, walkable, close-knit neighborhood conveniently centered on mobility where priorities find the right track.” I think this statement by friend, mentor, and Lansdale resident Peter Enns indeed exemplifies Christian priorities […]

Losers Who Just Keep Walking

Triumphalism is a terrible thing. I heard an unexpected sermon yesterday from a guest preacher in a church we visited. The church is a traditional old Midwest Protestant congregation, not known, at least in recent memory, for their religious enthusiasm or expressiveness. Sunday’s speaker was from a quite different ecclesiastical milieu. The congregation seemed to […]

Scott Lencke: Evangelicalism’s World of Worship

Note from CM: Today we hear from the evangelical world and get a glimpse at what’s happening in evangelical worship. Thanks to Scott Lencke for sending along this piece. He’s on to something here that led many of us to move where traditions of liturgical, sacramental worship prevail. Scott blogs at Prodigal Thought. • • […]

Another Look: Depression, the Bible, and the Perils of Being Too Spiritual

Originally posted in 2011. The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does not speak […]