September 24, 2018

Open Mic: What Message Do We Need to Hear More Today — Grace or Holiness?

There’s a great discussion starter over at the Village Green at Christianity Today: Do American Christians Need the Message of Grace or a Call to Holiness? Three representatives contribute their thoughts: Will Willimon gives a typically Methodist view, advocating for the holiness message and defending it by saying: “While we always need grace—grace defined by us […]

Open Mic: Losing Our Religion (2)

Yesterday, we began a few days of discussing the recent stories on NPR’s Morning Edition in the series, “Losing Our Religion.” Our first conversation was about the overall trend of a growing disconnect between younger people and religion in the U.S. More and more of them are identifying themselves as “Nones” — when asked to state […]

Open Mic: Losing Our Religion (1)

NPR’s Morning Edition did a series last week called “Losing Our Religion.” I encourage you to click the link and listen to the six pieces. The first is an overview of the phenomenon portrayed in the chart above: the growth of the “nones” — the religiously unaffiliated. This trend has been observed especially among younger people. Two […]

Open Forum for Bloggers and Writers

For the past two years, I have had a remarkable unexpected privilege — serving as the lead writer on Internet Monk. It came as pure gift to me out of the suffering of another, our brother Michael Spencer. He was an insightful and original thinker, a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, a pilgrim who graciously […]

Open Forum for Mission Workers

I believe every Christian is involved in the Missio Dei, God’s mission to make his “kingdom come,” his “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” through Christ. Some people, however, have sensed a special call to take up vocations directly involved in mission activity. Like Paul and Barnabas in Acts 13, they […]

Open Forum on America (Independence Day Special)

Update: One of our commenters pointed us to a good article that I would commend to you this Independence Day. It’s by Brett McCracken, and is called “Place, Patriotism, and Sehnsucht”. * * * Cue “Stars and Stripes Forever”. After you light the grill and while you’re waiting for the coals to heat up, why not […]

Open Forum for Readers around the World

I know, I know. Internet Monk is USA-centric. With the exception of our sister Martha o’ Ireland, we tend to look at things from a rather red, white, and blue perspective. But one of the reasons we love the worldwide web so much is that it’s so…well, worldwide. We love to hear from readers all […]

Open Forum for Pastors

Callin’ all Rev’s! Today is the day for you: padre, pastor, preacher, priest, parson, minister, rector, reverend, bishop, vicar, or whatever else your title may be. It’s the day we’re asking clergy to lead the way here on Internet Monk. We want reports from the front lines of church ministry. We want you, whom God […]

Open Forum Week on IM

You folks continue to impress me with the discussions we’ve been having lately, particularly on our monthly Open Forum posts. So… This week we will be having an Open Forum Week on Internet Monk in a way we haven’t tried before. Each day we will have an open discussion, but it will be on a […]

Follow Up: Jesus and Health Care

One of our good readers, Rick, made some comments yesterday that I both reacted to and rejoiced in. In the end, I agreed with him that the discussion needed to be directed more toward our purpose here at Internet Monk — to promote a Jesus-shaped Christianity. He wrote: “…It was just that I didn’t see […]