September 3, 2015

Random Thoughts: Monday in the American Circus

The "evangelical circus" that Michael Spencer wrote about is but one facet of the "American circus." I don't think any of these individual stories is worth an entire post, but together, they shine a light on some of the silliness … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: August 23, 2015

A Facebook friend just asked me if I wanted to become a "fan" of Jonathan Edwards. Too bad there's isn't a "NOT a fan" option, because I'm not a fan. One of my consistent critics- who is also a respected friend- called to … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, August 22, 2015

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. The noose on the Prayer Tower, Ronald McDonald's decapitated head, and Jewish spy dolphins: Ready to Ramble? Oral Roberts University is known for many things. Mainly its … [Continue reading...]

Wisdom Week: “Who am I?”

Kathleen Norris is one of our wisest contemporary authors. It has been over twenty years since I first read her "spiritual geography," Dakota, the remarkable contemplative memoir about the power of place and paying attention. It … [Continue reading...]

Wisdom Week: The Pastoral Wisdom of Small Talk

No one has imparted more wise insights to me about the pastoral life than Eugene Peterson. I'm sad I've never met him, even though when I lived in Maryland, his church was right down the road. How different my course might have … [Continue reading...]

Wisdom Week: Life is the Farm

To focus on technique is like cramming your way through school. You sometimes get by, perhaps even get good grades, but if you don't pay the price day in and day out, you never achieve true mastery of the subjects you study or … [Continue reading...]

Wisdom Week: Proverbs – Life’s Baseline

When most people think of "wisdom" with regard to the Bible, the Book of Proverbs comes to mind. Proverbs contains observations and instructions about life at its "baseline." It sets forth general standards of life and living … [Continue reading...]

Wisdom Week on IM: “Why?” not just “What?”

Wisdom Week on Internet Monk Post One: "Why?" not just "What?" The older I get, the less I focus on what I think and I become more interested in why I think like I do. In my opinion, this is why older people can become … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: August 16, 2015

If it looks like an evangelical skunk . . . I think Jan Crouch’s hair is the darnest thing since the Tower of Babel. I think Benny Hinn is sincere, but probably unstable. I think T.D. Jakes is preaching gnosticism. TBN in … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, August 15, 2015

Welcome to the weekend, friends. Ready to Ramble? A few months ago we mentioned that Jim Bakker is still "ministering" these days. The venue? A TV show, natch. And the focus of his "ministry"? Convincing viewers that some … [Continue reading...]