March 23, 2018

Continuing Discussion: “To Change the World”

By Chaplain Mike Today we consider our discussion of James Davison Hunter’s profoundly stimulating book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. Hunter’s book challenges common Christian notions of “changing the world” and “transforming the culture.” We are dealing with a particular subject that is being […]

Single? Need Not Apply

By Chaplain Mike Alert reader Jason notified us about an interesting article that discusses a topic most evangelical churches don’t publicly acknowledge or talk about: discrimination against single pastors. Writing in the New York Times, Erik Eckholm begins his story with an example: “Like all too many Americans, Mark Almlie was laid off in the […]

Our Inadequate Grasp of “Culture”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will join the conversation as I continue to work through James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In our first discussion, we talked through a question: If America has as many people with faith commitments as […]

The Four Holy Gospels

There are Bibles that you carry to church with you. For me, that’s a Pitt Minion Cambridge NASB. Then there are Bibles for studying. I have shelves full, ranging from the NET to a Dake to, oh, everything. And then there is the Bible as a work of art. As far as I know, there […]

Open Mic: Why So Little “Impact”?

By Chaplain Mike I am catching up with some books that I have wanted to read for some time. One is James Davidson Hunter’s, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, a provocative look at how we understand and call Christians to participate in the church’s […]

A Letter from Gilead

By Chaplain Mike My dearest children, This weekend I had the profound pleasure to visit with the Rev. John Ames, a Congregational minister from Gilead, Iowa. He came to my attention and told me his stories through Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Gilead. Hearing him speak and weave his tales was a revelation, I […]

Catechism: A Final Word (for now)

By Chaplain Mike A number of years ago, after having read some books by J.I. Packer, including the classic Knowing God, I picked up a small book he had written called, Growing in Christ. It claimed to be a guide to Christian basics, and it focused on the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, the Lord’s Prayer, […]

Some Light Housecleaning

As I am stuck inside my ranch (ok, suburban ranch-style house) here in Tulsa waiting for the snow to melt, I thought it might be a good time to try to catch up on some light housecleaning. I have a number of books piled up that need to be reviewed. I’ll touch on a few […]

The Evangelical Myth of “Transformation”

By Chaplain Mike Go Galli, go! Mark Galli, senior managing editor of Christianity Today, is one of my favorite authors, and one of the most realistic and theologically grounded commenters writing about the church and Christian life today. Back in 2008, Michael Spencer reviewed his book on worship, Beyond Smells and Bells: The Wonder and […]

Vocation: A Hopeful Sign

By Chaplain Mike Scot, this sounds great. Too often in things I’ve read, “missional” is just another word for “church programs,” only this time they take place outside the church walls rather than within them. This, on the other hand, sounds more like the Lutheran doctrine of “vocation,” which I have come to think is […]