October 23, 2017

Is the Reformation Over? — Part Two: An Overwhelmingly Negative Stance

Is the Reformation Over? (part two) An Overwhelmingly Negative Stance Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom Baker Academic (April 1, 2008) On Sundays this summer, we will be blogging through Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over? This work considers changing […]

Is the Reformation Over? — Part One: A Modest and Growing Engagement

Is the Reformation Over? (part one) A Modest and Growing Engagement Is the Reformation Over?: An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom Baker Academic (April 1, 2008) • • • On Sundays this summer, we will be blogging through Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over? […]

The AMiA Leaves Rwanda: What Happened?

Note from CM: Perhaps you’ve read stories in recent days about the separation of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) from its majority-world leadership in the Church of Rwanda. The AMiA (founded in 2000) is based in South Carolina, and has been under the oversight of the Rwandan province. It has grown impressively, having […]

R. C. Sproul Jr. Says, “Take Off the Gloves”

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: As many readers have pointed out, the column at Ligonier was written by R.C. Sproul, Jr., not his father. Forgive my sloppy reading. I still find the fact that this was posted on the Ligonier website encouraging. * * * I have always liked R.C. Sproul and benefited from Ligonier Ministry […]

Guest Post: Rachel Held Evans, “Blessed Are the Un-Cool”

Note from Chaplain Mike: Today’s guest post is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog, which is rated “iMonk Highly Recommended Reading,” and is used with her permission. Thanks, Rachel! photo © 2006 Valerie Everett | more info (via: Wylio)BLESSED ARE THE UN-COOL By Rachel Held Evans People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who […]

Distressing Disguise or Distraction?

By Chaplain Mike It finally happened. A church asked Jesus to leave the sanctuary during a worship service because he was being a “distraction.” Jesus was attending Elevation Church in Matthews, NC in the distressing disguise of a little twelve year old boy with cerebral palsy named Jackson. Jackson excitedly got all dressed up for […]

The Crossroads

Last month, at Easter, my family and I joined the Catholic Church.  Each of us would phrase our reasons for doing so somewhat differently, but here are a few of mine.  I offer them not to preach or gloat, just to share a decision faced by quite a few of us in the post-evangelical wilderness. […]

iMonk Classic: The Little Red Book

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From May 2, 2008 “Only Scriptural Baptist churches can make a legitimate claim to an unbroken succession back to the time of Christ and the apostles. Christ only built one kind of church and that church is described in detail in the New Testament. The only churches meeting the […]

Let Me Restate That…A Rant Clarified

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, a spirited discussion ensued regarding my “Rant as a Loser of the Worship Wars.” I think many of the comments missed the point of the post. So I thought I’d post a clarification. I hope this makes the most important aspects of what I was trying to say clear. When I […]

The Insight of Nuns

By Chaplain Mike Many years ago, I read an article about Bill Leslie, pastor of the inner city Lasalle St. Church in Chicago. This demanding ministry had brought him to a point of exhaustion. On the advice of a friend, he went to a nearby Catholic retreat center that the church had used and spoke […]