December 13, 2017

R. Crumb’s Book Of Genesis Reviewed

Genesis is a source of children’s stories, a favorite among Sunday school curriculum writers. And what is there not to like? There are animals and boats and rainbows. There is a man with a fancy robe made with lots of bright colors. There is a garden where everyone is happy and safe. And there is […]

IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town

By Chaplain Mike If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that faith can survive just about anything, so long as it’s able to evolve. Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 17 Rachel Held Evans is from the community of Dayton, Tennessee—”Monkey Town U.S.A.”—so named because it hosted the infamous 1925 Scopes trial, which […]

IM Book Review: Mere Churchianity—Time to Get Real

By Chaplain Mike It is here, the day we’ve been waiting for here at Internet Monk. Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality has been released! Today, I will give you my initial review and reflections. I can easily summarize its main message: It’s time for Jesus’ followers to GET […]

IM Book Review: The “Radical” Approach: Missio Dei, or Wretched Urgency?

By Chaplain Mike I both loved and was troubled by David Platt’s bold, clear book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. It’s an impressive first effort, but I have my concerns. For starters, the author must be deemed a prodigy. I mean, the guy was in his mid-20’s when he was called […]

IM Book Review: The Complete Psalms

So the first question we must ask is: Do we really need another new translation of the Psalms? If you are a scholar looking for word-for-word accuracy or you are going into philology, then Pamela Greenberg’s The Complete Psalms: The Book of Prayer Songs in a New Translation is definitely not for you. But if you […]

IM Book Review: The Divine Commodity

By Chaplain Mike Darn that Skye Jethani! He has written the book I wanted to write: an insightful, stern, yet gracious critique of evangelical culture, illustrated by the works and stories of Vincent van Gogh, and linked with the wisdom of spiritual practices. And he did it well. It’s called The Divine Commodity: Discovering a […]

IM Book Review: Your Church Is Too Small (3)

By Chaplain Mike The fact is that the differences between churches do matter. The question is not, “How can we overlook these differences?” but “How can we achieve a church which includes the many facets of the truth?” True catholicity is not obtained by overlooking differences but by accepting them and understanding them as a […]

The Book I Can’t Review

UPDATE: Ok. Moderation on. Keep your comments civil. We are not bashing anyone here. Don’t make me impose a two-drink limit. MOD NOTE: Comments are closed for the time being. Sheesh, I leave for a few hours and return to find a bar fight! It might be comforting, to those Christians who doubt the current […]

IM Book Review: Your Church Is Too Small (2)

By Chaplain Mike Although the church of Jesus Christ is found in many different places, she is one true church, not many. After all, there are many rays of sunlight, but only one sun. A tree has many boughs, each slightly different from others, but all drawing their strength from one source. Many streams may […]

IM Book Review: Your Church Is Too Small

By Chaplain Mike Although the church of Jesus Christ is found in many different places, she is one true church, not many. After all, there are many rays of sunlight, but only one sun. A tree has many boughs, each slightly different from others, but all drawing their strength from one source. Many streams may […]