December 15, 2017

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Where Was The Canon Hiding? And How Did You Find It?

IM friend Ragamuffin was recently in a debate with some sisters who claim that Roman Catholics are not Christians, don’t worship Jesus, etc., and the subject of the canon came up. His conversation partner, “pilgrimsdaughter,” covered a lot of topics, such as a kind of Landmark view of the church, and then got around to […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: The Ironies of Evangelicalism

After spending the day learning that my Alan Creech ad has deprived me and thousands of others of their salvation (thanks a lot Alan), I’m rather overwhelmed with the ironies of evangelicals in general and the neo-Reformed in particular. (Yes, Virginia, there are neo-reformed.) So here today’s somewhat sophisticated open mic question: What are some […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Have You Ever “Lost It” in Church?

We’ve been so busy with all this political rhetoric (which I am totally tired of and won’t be revisiting anytime soon. Ugh) that we haven’t had our regular “Open Mic” post. So here’s our “open mic” question for this week: Have you ever just “lost it” (i.e. found something unbearably funny) in church? Gotten so […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: You Tell Me…Why Does Red Envelope Day Bother Me?

Matt Stokes responds like a reasonable person. Good blogger, Matt. Good. It’s all over Facebook. All over email forwards. All over Christian discussion sites and blogs. All over evangelicalism and elsewhere. It’s Red Envelope Day: Hey everyone, I just was invited to a group on Facebook that I thought would be good to give you […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Movies For and About Hard Times

I hesitate to open movies as a topic for discussion when a chunk of my audience is of the generation that thinks Pineapple Express is great cinema, but here’s the question. What are some films “For and About Hard Times” that the IM audience should check out? Economic hardship has been a theme for a […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Why Aren’t We Doing Inner City Church Planting?

UPDATE: Jared Wilson takes off on this topic. I’m not dogging any churches here. I love my brothers and sisters in the suburbs. But this is a question that needs to be discussed. No blame, but thoughtful consideration. If you want to rant, go away. I drove around Lexington yesterday, looking at suburban church after […]

Open Thread: What are some Christians thinking when they justify rudeness with religion?

I’m not trying to promote a pile-on here, but this story effectively points out something I’ve experienced many times. It’s a story about Christians justifying rudeness with religion. Here’s the short version, but you’ll want to read all of what the original poster had to say.

Spiritual Depression and the Search For the One True Church (I’d like to hear the opinion of the room.)

The following comment appeared in the Losing God comment thread. Please read it, with special consideration of what is said, not the person saying it (whom I don’t know and neither do you.) I do not struggle with “Is Christianity true?” vs atheism, Islam, Hinduism etc. My “spiritual depression” is caused by the continual dueling […]

The Lessons of Two Prayers: Warren and Robinson

UPDATE: Lauren Green on the two prayers. Bishop Gene Robinson- who needs no introduction, does he?- prayed at an Inaugural event over the weekend. Bishop Robinson got the gig not because he is a spiritual leader or is looked up to by Christians, but because he is the first openly gay bishop in the ECUSA. […]

Open Mic At The iMonk Cafe: A Question About Apologists

Tonight’s “Open Mic” question is a simple one. If you don’t get it, I’m not going to help you. Catholics, I thought about this just being about your team, but that wouldn’t be fair. OK. Here it is. Tonight’s iMonk Cafe Open Mic Question: “Why are apologists….you know…..why are they the way they are?” Some […]