July 28, 2014

#1 Reason Why Church Attendance Is Down – Really?

No, the number one reason why church attendance is down is not pizza. I did think however, that the story of a fictional iMonk pizzeria might help us understand the flaws in the stated reason and proposed solutions that are … [Continue reading...]

A Foggy Day on the Water

Fog is one of the metaphors we have used for the wilderness journey. You can't see your way clear. The landscape around you is vague and undefined. You are locked in to seeing a limited locale and you have to make your way … [Continue reading...]

Open Forum — July 16, 2014

While Gail and I enjoy the hospitality of IM reader Ted and his wife here in Maine, I will leave it to you all to come up with today's topics in an open forum. Be civil. Don't dominate the discussion. Listen … [Continue reading...]

Unholy Busyness

Unholy Busyness by Lisa Dye Now I am saying this for your own benefit, not to put a restraint on you, but because of what is proper and so that you may be devoted to the Lord without distraction. — 1 Corinthians 7:35 My … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Carl

Note from CM: Names have been changed. This post was first published in 2011. This past weekend we talked about "Carl" and his wife with many friends, remembering their strength and God's faithfulness to them. I was impressed … [Continue reading...]

Reunions Are Not Enough

Reunions make me sad. I enjoy them, but in the end, they do not satisfy. As I wrote last week, we are spending this weekend with friends in the congregation of our first church, where we served from 1978-1983. A Friday evening … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, July 12, 2014

Fast-food culture wars, Dumb and Dumber sermons, and judges who are okay with incest. Welcome to the weekend, fellow imonkers. The big news in sports yesterday was that LeBron James announced he is returning to Cleveland.  That … [Continue reading...]

The Church, Youth, and Sex – Did I Report It Wrong?

I am a huge Ed Stetzer fan. I follow a grand total of 14 people on twitter, and he is one of them. Ed, by the way, has 125,000 following him! So who is Ed Stetzer? Here is his bio in Christianity Today: Ed Stetzer is the … [Continue reading...]

Lisa Dye: Succession Is For Us Too

Succession Is For Us Too By Lisa Dye “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” —The Nicene Creed I remember standing in my old Presbyterian church as a girl, feeling the cool stone floors under my feet and … [Continue reading...]

Marci Alborghetti: Sanctity of Life and the Death Penalty

Note from CM: I'm happy to introduce a guest author today, one who comes to us by way of our friend Jeff Dunn. Her name is Marci Alborghetti, and she is the author of several books. Marci's most recent titles, People of the … [Continue reading...]