November 24, 2017

New Every Morning: Lessons about Grace

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. • Lamentations 3:22-23, NRSV • • • The Hebrew word translated “steadfast love” in Lam. 3 is my favorite biblical word: Hesed (חסד). Its meaning is so rich that Miles Coverdale […]

iMonk Classic: Our Problem with Grace

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: No emphasis on grace would be complete without a review of Michael Spencer’s classic post on the subject. Take your time with this one, and savor it. Michael never wrote better, and he never pointed us to a more important subject. • • • Q. […]

Luther Gives Us Free Sins, Too

Long before our good brother Steve Brown started offering people free sins, a German monk with a passion for Christ, grace, and freedom did the same. Martin Luther’s classic book, On the Freedom of a Christian (or Concerning Christian Liberty), 1520, is one of the most fundamental books in Luther’s canon and one of the […]

Free to Be Ourselves

Rediscovering the gospel (of grace alone) enabled me to see that: Because Jesus is strong for me, I am free to be weak. Because Jesus won for me, I am free to lose. Because Jesus is someone, I am free to be no one. Because Jesus is extraordinary, I am free to be ordinary. Because […]

IM Interview with Steve Brown

I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Steve Brown yesterday, to thank him for his wonderful new book, Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad at You. Thanks to Steve’s co-worker, Erik Guzman, our conversation was recorded so that it would be available to you, our Internet Monk audience. For those of you unfamiliar with […]

Grace Means Saying, “I’m Sorry”

UPDATE: Having long passed the point of “the more I try to explain the less I’m understood,” I am closing comments for now. UPDATE: Please read my comment at 6:04 pm. • • • I spoke on the phone the other night with fellow blogger and friend of Internet Monk Patrick Kyle. His website, New […]

What If I…

What if I… When dark and deep prevailed Breathed out an order And light broke through to awaken the world? And what if I… When heinous violence ruled Tapped a lone man’s shoulder And bid him build a lifeboat to preserve the world? And what if I… When self-reliant hubris swelled Confounded and scattered all […]

“Getting Better” Is Not the Goal

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” (2Peter 3:18, NIV) “Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so go on living in him—in simple faith. Grow out of him as a plant grows out of the soil it […]

Why Gays, Republicans, and Other Notorious Sinners Are Welcome at My Church

An imagined , but entirely possible, conversation: Concerned Christian: Chaplain Mike, if you were a pastor, would you allow gays to attend your church? CM: Sure. If they wanted to come to church, why shouldn’t I? Concerned Christian: Well, doesn’t the Bible forbid homosexuality? CM: Let’s say it does. Wouldn’t church be a good place […]

It’s Jubilee Week on Internet Monk: All Grace All the Time!

Since this is an election year, I’d like to propose a policy that I think all of our Presidential candidates should get behind. I say we should declare a Jubilee Year here in the U.S. All debts released. All. Are you a foreign country who owes us money? We’ve written it off. Illegal immigrant? Full […]