February 19, 2018

By Request: “Confessional Essays” From the iMonk

An Incomplete list of “Confessional Essays” published at Internetmonk.com. “The things I thought were so important – because of the effort I put into them – have turned out to be of small value. And the things I never thought about, the things I was never able to either to measure or to expect, were […]

Jesus, Mom and Michael

I’ve been to school the past week. The school of life. God’s school. The best teacher of all, with lessons that will never leave you asking, “Now how am I going to use that in real life?” The class I’ve been taking is called “The Only Child Cares For The Aging Parent.” There are other […]

One Big, Happy, Lie: Southern Baptists, Alcohol and Me

I brought something I want to share with you. Do you have a few minutes? I think you’ll find it interesting. It’s my “Southern Baptists and Alcohol” scrapbook. It tells the story of what I grew up hearing and believing about alcohol, Christians and the Bible. It’s the story of getting my eyes opened and […]

Is Your Boy A Real Man?: Focus On The Family’s Gender Confusion Watch

It is difficult to overestimate the extent to which American evangelicals at the beginning of the twenty-first century are fearfully obsessed with homosexuality . No single social or cultural topic other than abortion has engendered such a concentration of evangelical pronouncements, explanations, entrenchments, offensives, conspiracies, ministries and nonsense.

Finding Our New Seats At The Ball Game: A Baseball Parable for Parents of Young Adults

Any resemblance between this essay, and events occurring in my life as a parent of a young adult child is entirely intentional. I have a wonderful wife who helps me to keep thinking and talking when we come to new chapters in our journey as a couple and as a family. As we’re facing good […]

Big Money For A Little Piece of Paper: My Stupid Regrets and Inexplicable Ambition to Be “Dr. Spencer”

Once upon a time, I decided I wanted to be Dr. Michael Spencer. Michael Spencer, Doctor of Ministry (D. Min), actually. In Southern Baptist culture, the “D.Min” is the everyparson’s doctorate. Two to three years of off campus work under the supervision of a previous D. Min graduate and a seminary faculty member. Occasional stays […]

Postmodernism or Modernism on fumes?: From assertion to conversation in the cause of Jesus

Over the past few weeks, I have passed on blogging responses to dozens and dozens of posts around the net, because I didn’t want [name deleted] up on it again, and I didn’t want to put up with the weirdness that has become the reaction to the BHT in certain insulated circles. But there is […]

Prepare To Be Blogged: Thoughts From The Pirate Blogosphere

I don’t know when it finally dawned on me that people were reading my work on the internet. I started Internet Monk in November of 2000, and at the time, I never really considered if I would have much of an audience. It was a way to write, and I needed to write. It was […]

All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” Monday morning, as we […]

General Joyce Conquers The World! (Impressions from my bookstore visit.)

UPDATE: Tim Challies has just posted an amazing bit on the inner-workings of church marketing. If there are doubters out there about how we are perceived by the Publishing interests, this will sober you up. Required reading. Some of my long time readers may remember that in a long-forgotten fit of exuberance, I swore off […]