December 17, 2017

The Wisdom of Christian Piatt

Now, here’s an honest man. I’m thankful someone finally had enough guts to say what Christian Piatt says in his post, “Five Reasons Progressive Christians Secretly Love Mark Driscoll.” Without giving any kind of a pass whatsoever to Driscoll or suggesting that he and the celebrity pastor of Mars Hill have anything in common with […]

iMonk Classic: Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

From April 24, 2008. “My theology is simply what I read in the Bible.” Sure it is. “What I believe and practice is simply what the Bible teaches and nothing else.” Of course. What else could be simpler? I’m sure several of you won’t be surprised at all to learn that I meet with a […]

Anger, Wrath and Sloth

Wanting to punch people in the nose is probably not a good attitude with which to go around.  I’m fairly sure it’s also not a particularly Christian attitude, not if I take the “Turn the other cheek” bit seriously. I’ve been angry lately.  I’ve been angry for a while, in fact, and I notice I’m […]

Individuality And Personhood

A friend of mine, a cinephile, a lover of the cinema in the very best sense of that phrase, commented to me once about what he saw as a difference between the films of the 40s and the 50s and those made ‘Oh, after about 1978’. The characters in the earlier films had neuroses, whereas […]

A Rich World of Life and Stories and Friends and Imagination

They say you can’t go home again, and they’re right. But you can visit, and sometimes that’s enough. Last weekend, I went back to Galesburg, Illinois for the first time in over forty years. Our family lived there from the time I was a baby until I completed fourth grade. We lived in three different […]


I received an invitation today. Friends from my eighth grade class at school are planning the next reunion and get-together. That’s right, my eighth grade class. I moved to the Chicago suburbs during the years we used to call “Jr. High.” Now, it’s “Middle School.” My folks built a brand new house in a new […]

Are You Experienced?

Have you ever been experienced? (Jimi Hendrix, 1967) We’ve been talking about religious experiences this week. The good, the bad, the ugly. Some want to write off all experiences as false and misleading. Others cling to miracles and touchy-feely stuff as the point of contact for their faith. Me? I’m all messed up. I was […]

Dan Bouchelle: “So You Are Angry?”

Note from CM: This is one of the best posts I have read in a long time. I saw it quoted on another blog and the excerpt was so challenging to me that I knew immediately I had to read the entire piece. The fact is, many of us are angry. We are angry about […]

iMonk Classic: Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from April 2008 Note from CM: Yesterday I had my interview with a counselor about the results of the psychological testing that is part of the ordination process in the ELCA. More about that later. It brought to mind some of Michael’s insightful writings about his own journey of […]

Adam McHugh on “A Matter of Motivation”

Note from CM: I have been asking Adam McHugh to write a post for us for awhile, but he has been busy working on his new book. However, he recently sent me a note and said he had something, for which I’m grateful. His fine work on introversion has come to the forefront again through […]