April 23, 2014

Holy Week with Zechariah (2): Woe to Toxic Leadership

Zechariah 9-14 was a key passage for the evangelists who told the story of Passion Week in the Gospels. In volume two of his "Christian Origins" series, Jesus and the Victory of God, N.T. Wright gives an overview of the subjects … [Continue reading...]

Holy Week Thoughts: A Cross-less Faith

...let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. - Matthew 27:42 * * * At Mockingbird, they have this helpful entry on the subject of "Theology of Glory" in their site glossary: Theologies of glory are … [Continue reading...]

Holy Week with Zechariah (1): Mismatched Expectations

A book which, as we have already seen, was arguably of great influence on Jesus, and which contained dark hints about the necessary suffering of the people of YHWH, is of course Zechariah, particularly its second part (chapters … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, April 12, 2014

Happy Saturday, imonkers.  It finally feels a little like spring in the Midwest.  And, good news for Chaplain Mike, as of Friday afternoon the Cubbies are only four games out of first place! Did you know there is a new … [Continue reading...]

Isn’t It Hard?

Mouths move without vision -- without regard for consequences Eyes fill with memories poisoned by intimate knowledge of failure to love Sometimes, sometimes, doesn't the light seem to move so far away? You help your sisters, … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: I’m Right on This One

Now we come to something very important. The constant emphasis on the victorious life or the good Christian life is the Antichrist as it pertains to the gospel. Here's why. If I am _________ (fill in your favorite victorious-life … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: In the End God Knows Us

Our brother, Michael Spencer joined the church triumphant on April 5, 2010, and was laid to rest on April 10, 2010. Today and tomorrow we feature special posts to honor him. * * * But now that you have come to know God, or … [Continue reading...]

Disgust Psychology in the Church

Yesterday, we were talking about Richard Beck's book, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. In the comments I promised I would give some real-life instances of how I've seen the "psychology of disgust" play … [Continue reading...]

Why “Hate the Sin/Love the Sinner” Doesn’t Work

  Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” - Matthew 9:13 Mercy and sacrifice reliably come into conflict due to the reciprocal nature of love and disgust, the psychological dynamics governing exclusion … [Continue reading...]

What Was a “Pharisee”? (and what might it mean to act like one?)

UPDATE: I edited the post by adding a paragraph near the end of the post. It begins with the words, "That is not to say they all acted with equal zeal..." [11:10 am] * * * N.T. Wright notes that "Paul stands where three great … [Continue reading...]