October 21, 2017

Brueggemann on the Genre of Gen 1-11

Here is another thought-provoking quote, giving the reader of Genesis 1-11 something to consider when approaching the text. This comes from Walter Brueggemann’s fine commentary on Genesis in the Interpretation series (Genesis: Interpretation: a Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching). Comment needs to be made on the matter of creation, world-beginnings and attempts to correlate […]

It Don’t Mean a Thing without that Historical Ring?

By Chaplain Mike In addition to issues of interpretation with regard to Genesis 1 and the portrayal of creation it gives, (which have been covered in detail here in previous posts—check the archives), Young Earth Creationists insist that only their literal view of the Adam and Eve story in Genesis 2-3 is consistent with an […]

Rethinking the Text: Genesis 6

By Chaplain Mike Today I am following up on Jeff’s “Difficult Scriptures” post from last week on the first part of Genesis 6. Though this text has a long history of interpretation with much imaginative speculation, I have come to the conclusion that the passage is relatively straightforward, and has been misunderstood primarily because of […]

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 […]

Open Mic: Why Do Women Want Moore?

By Chaplain Mike This week’s Christianity Today magazine has a cover feature on Beth Moore. I have not read all of it yet, but while I am in the process, I thought I would give our Internet Monk community a chance to answer the question the title implies: Why are people (especially women) so attracted […]

Midweek Psalms: Introduction

By Chaplain Mike Today I will begin a series of studies, posted each Wednesday evening, on Psalms 120-134. These are known, from their inscriptions, as the “Songs of Ascent.” Today’s post explores what that title means, and then gives a brief summary of my interpretive approach to the Book of Psalms. SONGS OF ASCENT The […]

Shaped By Jesus III

By Chaplain Mike Update: We’ve had some good comments, but they have focused on academic issues. That is fine, but I’m really much more interested in how this text speaks to Jesus-shaped spiritual formation. It’s time to get back to our series, begun in June, on the Jesus-shaped life. “Shaped By Jesus” is a series […]

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 […]

iMonk Classic: The Sanity Verses

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From July 16, 2005 Sometimes, I don’t need inspiration. What I need is just my sanity. I don’t need verses that tell me I’m about to see a miracle. I need something that says God wants me to make it to tomorrow, and I’ll still be useful. Sometimes I […]

Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike A number of commenters to IM this week have struggled with our interpretation that the story of the fall and its consequences does not indicate a radical change in the nature of creation itself as the result of human sin. If, BEFORE THE FALL—plants and organisms decayed, if carnivorous animals ate other […]