December 14, 2017

What If I…

What if I… When dark and deep prevailed Breathed out an order And light broke through to awaken the world? And what if I… When heinous violence ruled Tapped a lone man’s shoulder And bid him build a lifeboat to preserve the world? And what if I… When self-reliant hubris swelled Confounded and scattered all […]

“Getting Better” Is Not the Goal

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2Peter 3:18, NIV) “Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so go on living in him—in simple faith. Grow out of him as a plant grows out of the soil it […]

Why Gays, Republicans, and Other Notorious Sinners Are Welcome at My Church

An imagined , but entirely possible, conversation: Concerned Christian: Chaplain Mike, if you were a pastor, would you allow gays to attend your church? CM: Sure. If they wanted to come to church, why shouldn’t I? Concerned Christian: Well, doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? CM: Let’s say it does. Wouldn’t church be a good place […]

It’s Jubilee Week on Internet Monk: All Grace All the Time!

Since this is an election year, I’d like to propose a policy that I think all of our Presidential candidates should get behind. I say we should declare a Jubilee Year here in the U.S. All debts released. All. Are you a foreign country who owes us money? We’ve written it off. Illegal immigrant? Full […]

Why I would rather hear Steve Brown than Mark Driscoll preach…

…or John MacArthur, or John Piper, or Katharine Jefferts Schori, or a host of other dogmatic preachers, no matter what end of the theological spectrum they come from. I want a humble pastor, a pastor without all the answers, a pastor who points me to Jesus rather than to himself or herself. I want a […]

The Arithmetic of Grace

The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty […]

A Witness to Vulgar Grace

The following is from Brennan Manning’s memoir, All Is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir. Drink deep and savor. This is the good stuff. My life is a witness to vulgar grace — a grace that amazes as it offends. A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wage as the […]

The Scariest Word Of All

This morning we looked at the name many Christians shy away from —the name of Jesus. Now I want to look at the scariest word to many who claim to be followers of Jesus. I wrote on this word a few weeks back and took shots upside the head in the comments for days afterward. […]

Show Me the Way to Go Home

By Chaplain Mike Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own […]

Preaching Grace Is A Risky Business

I don’t normally do this. Three posts in one day is a bit much, I know. And I love what Chaplain Mike just put up about The Giving Tree. (If you have not read that, please do. It is a great primer on the whole topic of grace.) But there is such an uproar going […]