October 19, 2017

My Favorite Children’s Book

By Chaplain Mike Well, I guess I failed in my effort to “move past analysis and argumentation,” huh? Comments are closed. With all our discussions about grace lately, I thought I might move past analysis and argumentation to have us consider a story. Not a Bible story, a story for children. My favorite story for […]

FAQ: On Grace

Update: As I said, the word “grace” causes a lot of Christians to get their undies bunched up. So before you start to tell me just how wrong I am to say that we are saved—and continue in our salvation-–by grace through faith alone, I urge you to scroll over to the righthand side of […]

iMonk Classic: An Excerpt on Grace

From Michael Spencer’s Classic Post, “Our Problem with Grace” Note from CM: Some recent comments prompted me to recall some words from Michael Spencer about grace. It’s what we’re all about here at IM, and it deserves continuing emphasis. The Gospels are full of examples of people whose observable obedience is unimpressive when compared to […]

Monkshank Redemption

“This is one of my favorite movies, Dad.” I was sitting down to watch Shawshank Redemption with my oldest daughter, Rebekah. “It reminds me of the children of Israel.” “Really? How so?” “Well, when they were set free from Egypt, they couldn’t handle freedom. It scared them. Most of them wanted to go back to […]

Jail Break

A little while ago I was up late at night and caught a TV special on the making of Johnny Cash’s album, San Quentin. When it came to Cash performing the song about California’s infamous prison, I listened intently—and then came undone. I wept and wept. I went to iTunes and downloaded the song, listened […]

Our Intimate God

I refuse. I absolutely refuse to go back to a god who is only interested in what I do, not who I am. I have no interest in a god who keeps score, who I have to appease by doing good things and avoiding bad things. A god who is more interested in institutes and […]

All Are Welcome

By Chaplain Mike A website I’ve learned to like when preaching the lectionary is WorkingPreacher.org. One of their entries this week is from David Lose, Marbury E. Anderson Biblical Preaching Chair at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He discusses this week’s Gospel, the text of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1-12), a passage I’ve discussed here […]

Liturgy Is Not a “Style”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will continue to put up with my ongoing journey into understanding the Lutheran way of practicing the Christian faith. In a comment the other day, someone asked if this is now a Lutheran site. Well, no. But since I’m walking on that path, what I’m learning is bound to […]

On Good Works

By Chaplain Mike Whenever we have a discussion on faith and good works, it is likely that we will go down many side trails, as happened on Monday in our conversations. Today would be a good time, in my estimation, to clarify some fundamental Biblical teachings and to point you to what I think are […]

Paul’s New Law—Or Our Identity In Christ?

Note from JD: In anticipation of many, um, interesting comments that will follow this post, I am donning my Simul Iustus et Peccator (At Once Justified and Sinner) t-shirt sent to me by our friends at New Reformation Press. I highly recommend you get one for yourself before you find me guilty of treason, blasphemy, or […]