May 27, 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 17, 2015

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see. The … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, May 16, 2015

Hello, Imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Ready to Ramble? Of course the big news in religion this week was the release of a new Pew study on American religion. However, Mike Bell had a post about that yesterday and will … [Continue reading...]

Religious Switching 2.0: 2007 versus 2014 (Preliminary)

Seven years ago I published the following graph from data that I have derived from the Pew Forum's Religious Landscape Study. It shows how people in America have changed over their lifetime from their childhood faith to their … [Continue reading...]

“We keep returning to its rich waters thirsty”

I was baptized as an infant in 1958. My sainted grandmother gave me some books then and in my preschool years about Jesus, heaven, and the twelve disciples. A while back, when my parents moved, my mother found those books and gave … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: If you are not afraid, you are not human

First posted in July, 2013. • • • Hello. My name is Mike, and I am afraid. I am afraid of life, and I am afraid of life’s end. I am afraid of being alone, and I am afraid of being with people. I am afraid of hatred and I am … [Continue reading...]

Preach it, Michelle!

Commencement speeches are usually fairly banal and unmemorable, but people are buzzing about one First Lady Michelle Obama gave at Tuskegee University last Saturday.  After reviewing the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and the … [Continue reading...]

On Theodicy

The other day, at the end of our discussion of "Jesus as the New Adam," Mike H. wrote, "I get that the focus here is on vocation, but I have a tough time not looking at theodicy. It’s the elephant in the room. Is that going to be … [Continue reading...]

Ron Rolheiser: Evolution’s Ultimate Wisdom

The other day I quoted from an article by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. I was so impressed by what he said, even though it was stated simply and briefly in a blog post, that I wrote for permission to re-post the piece in its entirety here … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 10, 2015

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – • … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, May 9, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend.  Ready to Ramble? The Evangelical Christian Publisher Association gave out their book awards this week.  And what won Book of the Year? The Daniel Plan, by Rick Warren.  Yes, this … [Continue reading...]