July 16, 2018

Rachel Held Evans Is Going “Biblical”

By Chaplain Mike Friend of IM Rachel Held Evans has announced the project that she will be undertaking over the course of the coming year, which will result in her next book. Right now, she’s calling it “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” I will let her introduce it via this video: The book won’t be […]

Mourning and Grieving in Community

By Chaplain Mike Note: The following is a transcript of a talk I gave to our hospice team a few years ago. As I promised earlier this week, we will be having several posts on the subject of grief and caring for the bereaved in the next short while. This particular piece shows one of […]

Brueggemann on the Genre of Gen 1-11

Here is another thought-provoking quote, giving the reader of Genesis 1-11 something to consider when approaching the text. This comes from Walter Brueggemann’s fine commentary on Genesis in the Interpretation series (Genesis: Interpretation: a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching). Comment needs to be made on the matter of creation, world-beginnings and attempts to correlate […]

It Don’t Mean a Thing without that Historical Ring?

By Chaplain Mike In addition to issues of interpretation with regard to Genesis 1 and the portrayal of creation it gives, (which have been covered in detail here in previous posts—check the archives), Young Earth Creationists insist that only their literal view of the Adam and Eve story in Genesis 2-3 is consistent with an […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, Mom and Michael

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 22, 2005 Note from Chaplain Mike: In the light of recent posts about life’s messiness and ministering to people with unimaginable stress from the problems they face, I was struck when I went back and read this profoundly insightful article Michael wrote about caring for his […]

iMonk Classic: Niki Made Her Choice and, Apparently, So Did We

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 4, 2009 A year ago, this Michael Spencer piece really got people talking. FIRST: Read “Evangelicals and Science” at Tim Stafford’s blog. SECOND: Niki is fictionalized, but not much. I am hoping this post will make one point: the Gospel combined with anything- a view of […]

Evangelicalism’s “New Day”?

By Chaplain Mike Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight muses on the meaning of Al Mohler getting a cover story in Christianity Today. For Scot, this marks a significant shift in evangelicalism. It shows that some of the most prominent and powerful leaders in what is called evangelicalism today are trying to bend it back […]

“This SA Meeting Is Now in Session”

By Chaplain Mike Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion to me was like rounding a bend in the highway and driving straight into a blinding sun so bright that it […]

“For” God or “With” God?

By Chaplain Mike One of my favorite teachers today is Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and Out of Ur.com. The following video is a good example of why I appreciate his emphasis so much. In it he describes a turning point in his own thinking and ministry when he realized we may be […]

Why I Am an “Egalitarian”

By Chaplain Mike Comments are now closed. Thanks to all who participated in an invigorating discussion. To be continued… One issue that came up in our recent series on The New Calvinism was that of the role of women in the church. The TNC position (as well as that of others) is generally complementarian, favorable […]