November 22, 2014

Fall, or Folly? (3): Paul Reads the Story

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned— for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. … [Continue reading...]

Fall, or Folly? (2): A Wisdom Story

St. Irenaeus (2nd century) described Adam and Eve as “adolescents.” They were not “perfect” in the sense of “complete.” They represent a beginning and an intention – but something that not only remained unfulfilled – but even … [Continue reading...]

Fall, or Folly? (1)

Whatever else one might say about Genesis 2-3 (the text actually goes from 2:4-4:26 and includes Cain's story) and the account of Adam and Eve and the "fall," it should be noted that, in its final form, this is a wisdom story. It … [Continue reading...]

Preparing for the New Church Year (2)

Last Sunday I gave five primary reasons why I think it advantageous for Christians to form their spiritual lives — their walk with God through Christ — around the liturgical year. It enables us to live in God’s story. It … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: Nov. 8, 2014

Saturday Ramblings, November 8, 2014 What a great week it has been on Internet Monk, just the kind of week I enjoy -- filled with interesting topics and a multitude of voices. We had five different authors writing on subjects … [Continue reading...]

How I Became a… Church Growth Disciple

First of all a confession. The title is really just an attention grabber, and a weak attempt to get Miguel to sputter coffee through his nose. Although a second confession would be that in the eighties and nineties, I did read all … [Continue reading...]

Lisa Dye: Jack

A few weeks ago in August, my husband and I moved our youngest daughter and a truck full of too much stuff into a tiny dorm room at a large state university 90 minutes away. It was the culmination of 32 years of uninterrupted … [Continue reading...]

Marci Alborghetti: Lessons from Jonah (and the Ninevites) on Prayer

"Oh, look!" I sneered to my husband, the Sunday paper set out before me.  "Pope Francis is calling for the world to pray about ISIS slaughtering every non-extremist in its path.  That oughta do a world of good." Almost … [Continue reading...]

Guest Raises Questions about Premarital Sex

Note from CM: One of our regular commenters asked permission to engage the community in a sensitive but relevant discussion. Contemporary culture is saturated with sexuality, and younger people today have grown up in a world where … [Continue reading...]

Miguel Ruiz: How Do You Become a Christian?

I feel like sometimes we begin to take the basics of our faith for granted.  Often when we get tunnel visioned on the peripheral responsibilities of our mission, the Gospel itself even gets assumed, confused, or forgotten.  But … [Continue reading...]