July 22, 2018

Open Mic At The IM Cafe: Horrible, Terrible Children in Church

A friend and I were swapping stories about the amazing, crazy, hilarious, rude, embarrassing, you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up bad behavior of some children in church. Also, we tossed in a few stories about the adults who bring them and often make things much worse. We thought you might have some stories to share. I prefer bad behavior stories […]

Open Mic At The iMonk Cafe: Soli Deo Gloria?

It appears to me that the most misunderstood of the solas is “sola deo Gloria.” I’m especially interested in the Catholic take that God “shares” his glory with the saints. Do reformation Christians really believe that “glory” belongs to God alone? Or do we, like our Catholic friends, believe that God shares his glory with […]

Prosperity Gospel: Yes or No?

Prosperity Gospel: Yes or No? You decide. Here is a collection of statements, products, ministries, etc. Some of them are the Prosperity “Gospel” while some are not. What do you think?

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.