December 15, 2017

My Five Favorite Non-Fiction Titles

You can put down your Sunday Times Book Review section now. I have your reading list for the next several months right here. Like my list of my five favorite fiction titles, I am going to start off with some honorable mentions. And there is one book in the top five you are going to […]

iMonk Classic: The Post-Evangelical Bookshelf—A Beginner’s Reading List For Finding Your Way In The Evangelical Wilderness

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted July 30, 2008 I’ve been doing an interview on “Post-Evangelicalism,” and I thought it would be a good time to list some of the books that define post-evangelicalism for me. First of all, a brief definition: Post-evangelicalism is a way of relating to the present seriously compromised, […]

iMonk Classic: Review of “Evangelicals and Tradition”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted June 26, 2007 My list of must-read books for post-evangelicals is short. Newly added at the top of the list: Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influence of the Early Church (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future) by Baylor University professor of patristics and Baptist minister […]

A Gospel Thought for Monday Morning

By Chaplain Mike To start our week out, here is a  good thought from Tullian Tchividjian: I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after they believe it, they advance to deeper theological waters. Jonah helped me realize that the gospel isn’t the first step in […]

Old Books and New

We all had fun recently listing our favorite novels for Jeff Dunn.  The lists included many excellent, inspiring books, and some that were odd, amusing, or horrifying.  The majority of them were written since 1900.  It’s natural that when we read for pleasure we would read contemporary books, particularly novels, that use modern dialects and […]

My Five Favorite Novels

Ok, so I am answering a question you didn’t ask. For some reason I think you want to know this anyway. You have been sitting there thinking, What is Jeff Dunn’s favorite fiction title of all time? What else would he recommend? And if you haven’t been thinking that, now you are. So I am […]

Opinion: Are We “At Our Courageous Best”?

By Chaplain Mike At their courageous best, clergy lead where people aren’t asking to go, because that’s how the range of issues that concern them expands, and how a holy community gets formed. • G. Jeffrey MacDonald How wonderful to open the New York Times Sunday edition this week and find a thoughtful word of […]

IM Recommended Reading: The Future of Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike Over at Patheos, a site that strives to be “the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world’s beliefs,” they have pulled together some of the best minds and writers in evangelicalism today to write essays on “The Future of […]

More on Ken Ham…

By Chaplain Mike For your further study and contemplation… In response to a parishioner’s request, our friend, Pastor Daniel Jepsen, has written a review of Ken Ham’s video, “The Six Days of Creation,” over at the Franklin Community Church website. Part of Dan’s conclusion: All this is not to say that I totally disagree with […]

An Open Letter to Ken Ham

A Response to Ken Ham: Let’s Make Peace Reproduced by permission from the Evolving in Monkey Town blog by Rachel Held Evans, July 30, 2010 I’ll admit it: I love Rachel Held Evans. Not long ago, we reviewed her funny, winsome, thoughtful memoir called Evolving in Monkey Town, a book that encourages a faith that […]