November 19, 2018

American Patriotic Christianity: A Canadian Perspective

By Michael Bell This past month we celebrated both Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on July 4th. This inspired some thoughts about getting some Canadian perspectives on “American Patriotic Christianity”. As I am the lone Canadian writer at Internet Monk, I gathered up seven of my Canadian, primarily “unchurched” friends, to get […]

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright’s Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that attention. If you are looking for a book that gives an easy to read, yet comprehensive assessment of the status […]

In Support of Open Membership

I find it difficult to belong. You would think it wouldn’t be that hard. I am a Christian who sees many positive things in many traditions. I feel quite comfortable in many types of church settings. I am, however, in my core beliefs an Evangelical. The problem is that where I live, Evangelicals are in […]

Are Liberals and Atheists Smarter?

On Thursdays we welcome posts from friends. Today, long time friend of IM Michael Bell examines some recent studies that come to some provocative conclusions. By Michael Bell A study just published in the March issue of the Social Psychology Quarterly confirms what many liberals and atheists have told us for years. Those who hold […]

Mourning the Passing of a Friend — Some Thoughts

Today’s post is by IM First Officer Michael Bell. It was my birthday today, April 5th. Easter Monday. It will be a day that I will now forever remember for two reasons, for my friend Michael Spencer, also passed away today. I mourn for a friend, whose passing will leave a hole in my life, […]

Counting Blessings in the Middle of Difficulty

Today’s post is from IM First Officer Michael Bell. This past year has been a difficult one for me medically. In March I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, which for the uninformed means that I stop breathing while sleeping, for up to 90 seconds at a time, up to 60 times an hour. So […]

Michael Bell: What Is An “Average Church?”

Welcome back IM First Officer Michael Bell as the guest blogger today. You may have heard people say that the “average” sized church in the U.S. or Canada is about 75 people. You also may have heard someone say that the “average” sized church in North America is about 185 people. Who is right? It […]

Michael Bell: Taking Another Look at the “No Religion” Data

IM First Officer Michael Bell takes a second look at the “no religion” data in the Pew Forum Studies. I have received a lot of interest and feedback on my last two posts on InternetMonk, concerning how and when people switch between their childhood religion and their current faith. For those who have not had […]

Michael Bell: How To Stop The Hemorrhaging: A Follow Up To The Pew Forum Data

IM First Officer Michael Bell follows up his look at the Pew Forum Data on Changes in Religious Affiliation. In my previous post at Internet Monk, I looked at two surveys conducted by The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S. that was released a […]

Michael Bell: Looking at the Pew Forum’s “Changes in Religious Affiliation” Data

Internet Monk First Officer Michael Bell returns with a look at some of the recent Pew Forum data on changes in American religious affiliation. The line it is drawn The curse it is cast The slow one now Will later be fast As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin’. […]