April 18, 2014

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...]

Saturday Ramblings, April 5, 2014

Happy April, imonkers.  Tuesday was April Fool’s Day.  Did you pull any pranks?  Have any pulled on you?  Do share in the comments. Make them up if you have to. I have a friend who calls April 1 the Atheist Holiday (referencing … [Continue reading...]

What Hill Are You Willing To Die On?

Thanks for a good discussion. Comments now closed. Since I wrote last week about the World Vision decisions on their hiring policy, a number of writers have contributed their thoughts to the issue. One post by Tony Campolo … [Continue reading...]

Damaris Zehner: Why I Garden

Why I Garden Damaris Zehner What force is it that every year pushes upward from the pod, believing in foliage, flower, and fruit, believing that this year perfection will be reached? I’m not stupid. I can remember that … [Continue reading...]

“Slow Church” Article & Book Excerpt

Chris Smith and friends are hosting the Slow Church Conference here in Indy this week, and I know at least one faithful Internet Monk reader who will be attending. I hope to catch up with David, author of yesterday's post, for … [Continue reading...]

Open Forum – April 2, 2014

The other day we invited everyone to the table here at iMonk and set down some simple guidelines for interaction. Today we'll give you room to have your own conversations. An Open Forum means you get to talk about what is … [Continue reading...]