October 18, 2017

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 […]

Questions about the journey: If you started at a different place, would you still be here?

In all of my recent “conversations” with my reformed friends and detractors, I’ve had one question that I’ve really wanted to ask. It occured to me as we were talking about my acceptance of my Roman Catholic friends as fellow Christians, but it really goes to a certain kind of perspective on your own journey. […]

The Questions Belong To All Of Us

It’s not often that I use IM as a place to point my readers to other blogs, but I will make a much-deserved exception for Jordan Cooper’s deft and on-target analysis called “The Threat That Is The Emerging Church.” You must read the post and consider his major points because he is starting to make […]

Ink Blot Church

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see.