September 18, 2018

Lies, Damn Lies, and [Church Divorce] Statistics

While the phrase did not originate with him, Mark Twain once quipped, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Statistics have always been an interest of mine, and it was my offer of statistical support for Michael Spencer’s “Coming Evangelical Collapse” that resulted in me starting to write for Internet Monk. […]

Reviewing “What is an Average Size Church?”

Chaplain Mike’s post on small churches reminded me of one of the first posts I had made on Internet Monk in July of 2009. As many of our current readers may not have seen it, I thought it would be worthwhile to post again. Based on the last two surveys that were done, the numbers […]

What is Church?

Chaplain Mike declared in a previous post that he was a Liturgical Christian. I cannot say the same for myself. While I have a lot of respect for liturgical and sacramental traditions, my own significant spiritual growth did not come in a liturgical church setting. In fact, you could argue that it did not even […]

Elder Qualifications: Difficult Issues in Translation and Interpretation

I have been having a wonderful experience leading a small group through the Sermon on the Mount.  We got side tracked a couple of weeks ago when we started talking about how we interpret the Bible, and so we spent one evening going through Michael Patton’s Biblical Interpretation in a Nutshell  This is an excellent […]

What about Job’s Kids?

I had an interesting picture in my facebook feed the other day.  I don’t usually repost much, but this one really caught my attention as it represented how I was feeling that day. On particularly rough days, when I’m sure that I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting […]

The 42 Books Beside My Bed

I have a bookcase in my bedroom.  Unfortunately it is full.  So books that I am reading, have recently read, or hope to read, tend to get piled up next to my bed.  I did a bit of a tidy up recently and discovered much to my surprise that I had 42 books in, around, […]

When Science Changes…

In the year 1543, just before he died, Nicolaus Copernicus published “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium”. This treatise, in development for nearly 30 years, advanced the idea that the earth revolved around the sun (heliocentrism), rather than the long held idea that the earth was the center of the universe.  It is unclear whether Reformer John […]

One Foot In The Wilderness

Michael Spencer kept looking over his shoulder. He was willing to express views that were not popular among others of his denomination and he expressed concern that there were individuals out there who were looking for opportunities to “report” him to the administrators at the school where he worked. I got a real sense of […]

My New Year’s Resolution – Work Life Balance (and a little more time resting in God)

I have have spent the last couple of days reflecting on work life balance. Or rather, my lack thereof. My apologies to those who have offered to help with Michael Spencer’s commentary on Mark. I keep meaning to get back to you, but this issue of work life balance is one of the things that […]

Why Ending the Slave Trade and Apartheid Worked, and Prohibition Didn’t – Implications for the Culture Wars

Last week I posted about how I stepped out of the culture wars. A number of comments were made comparing the fight against abortion with the fight against slavery. Prohibition was also mentioned as one battle that didn’t go so well. I have been thinking about that a lot over the past week, and have […]