October 20, 2017

Another Look: Mark Galli on “Transformation”

Note from CM: Mark Galli is Sr. Managing Editor of Christianity Today. In 2009 he wrote an article that proved rather controversial. It was called, “The Scandal of the Public Evangelical,” and in it Mark said things about the evangelical buzzword “transformation” that many didn’t like. Our friends at Mockingbird, being devoted to promoting grace […]

Let Them Preach Grace

A Moment with Frederick Buechner “Preaching Grace” How much preaching we hear from the lips of men and women who give us no way of knowing that they were themselves once upon a time passionately moved by the gospel, which they proclaim now with so little apparent passion. Let them preach about the moments of […]

New Every Morning: Lessons about Grace

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. • Lamentations 3:22-23, NRSV • • • The Hebrew word translated “steadfast love” in Lam. 3 is my favorite biblical word: Hesed (חסד). Its meaning is so rich that Miles Coverdale […]

iMonk Classic: Our Problem with Grace

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: No emphasis on grace would be complete without a review of Michael Spencer’s classic post on the subject. Take your time with this one, and savor it. Michael never wrote better, and he never pointed us to a more important subject. • • • Q. […]

Confessions of an Older Brother

Okay, so I’m an older sister, not an older brother, but that guy in the parable?  I know exactly where he’s coming from.  The Pharisee and the Publican?  Here, admire the tzitzit on my prayer shawl!  In another context, I’ve referred to channelling my inner Saruman, but the fact remains, I like law and order […]

Chaos And Grace

When Chaplain Mike sent me an email last week proposing a “grace week” on InternetMonk, I was excited. Nothing brings out the boxing gloves like the topic of grace. As I’ve said before on these pages, Michael Spencer and I only talked about one thing more than our beloved Cincinnati Reds, and that was the […]

Luther Gives Us Free Sins, Too

Long before our good brother Steve Brown started offering people free sins, a German monk with a passion for Christ, grace, and freedom did the same. Martin Luther’s classic book, On the Freedom of a Christian (or Concerning Christian Liberty), 1520, is one of the most fundamental books in Luther’s canon and one of the […]

Free to Be Ourselves

Rediscovering the gospel (of grace alone) enabled me to see that: Because Jesus is strong for me, I am free to be weak. Because Jesus won for me, I am free to lose. Because Jesus is someone, I am free to be no one. Because Jesus is extraordinary, I am free to be ordinary. Because […]

IM Interview with Steve Brown

I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Steve Brown yesterday, to thank him for his wonderful new book, Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad at You. Thanks to Steve’s co-worker, Erik Guzman, our conversation was recorded so that it would be available to you, our Internet Monk audience. For those of you unfamiliar with […]

Grace Means Saying, “I’m Sorry”

UPDATE: Having long passed the point of “the more I try to explain the less I’m understood,” I am closing comments for now. UPDATE: Please read my comment at 6:04 pm. • • • I spoke on the phone the other night with fellow blogger and friend of Internet Monk Patrick Kyle. His website, New […]