July 22, 2018

Embracing God’s Dream

By Chaplain Mike This week, in addition to the daily “Stations of the Cross” posts, I will lead us in considering ideas from some good books I am reading. We will continue exploring James Davison Hunter’s brilliant, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In addition, […]

It’s Time Again to Recommend: “Mere Churchianity”

By Chaplain Mike To conclude this week of remembering the founder of Internet Monk—the late Michael Spencer, who died a year ago—we point you to the crowning achievement of his writing life: his book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality. If you have not yet had a chance to read this book, […]

Recommendations For Beginners

When I was in Arizona recently, I had the great privilege of spending time with faithful iMonk Jim Park. Jim lives in Minnesota, but was born in Cincinnati and is a lifelong Reds fan. That was gold star number one right off the bat. And he has spent many years in radio, something else we […]

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 […]

IM Book Review: The Language Of Science And Faith

Oh, boy. Here we go again, wading into the murky waters of how-we-all-got-here. Strap on your galoshes and let’s hope we don’t get too messy. Frequenters of Internet Monk will already be fluent in the language of the conversation. For the newly initiated: on one side, at its most extreme, we have those who say […]

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 […]