January 22, 2018

Two Churches that Closed Down the “Show”

By Chaplain Mike This week, as we've been discussing the church, I have read two intriguing stories of megachurches that began and grew explosively using an attractional, seeker-oriented philosophy of ministry, but then decided … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: On the “One True Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 24, 2009 Note from CM: Back in Jan. 2009, Michael wrote a piece called, "Theology, Depression and the Unsolvable Problem of the Right Church." Today, we present an excerpt … [Continue reading...]


Time for a look at yet another mysterious Roman Catholic doctrine: Purgatory. Nobody understands Purgatory (except theologians and possibly those saints who have had private revelations), so (a) don’t worry if you don’t find it … [Continue reading...]

Some Things I Believe about the Church (at this point)

By Chaplain Mike As I did with the Bible, I now present five basic points in my thinking about the church. This is by no means an exhaustive list; just a summary of a few of the thoughts that shape my perspectives at this time … [Continue reading...]

Water, water everywhere…

By Chaplain Mike So, while I've been thinking about churches, I thought I would try to get a handle on what congregations meet and minister in my community. First, let me tell you about where I live. It's a small town in … [Continue reading...]

The Parish System

By Chaplain Mike Apparently, American Christians are not the only ones plagued by the spirit of "consumerism" when it comes to their commitment to a local church. This cartoon is taken from the Dave Walker Guide to the … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: What’s a “Biblical” Church?

By Chaplain Mike For our open thread discussion today, I would like to ask you some questions based on a quote I read the other day. I am not going to give the source of the quote because I don't want to get responses about … [Continue reading...]

Welcoming the Stranger

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (8) Naomi and Ruth have returned to Bethlehem, where the Lord has visited his people and blessed them with a good harvest. Ruth takes initiative immediately … [Continue reading...]

Luther on the Marks of the Church

By Chaplain Mike For, thank God, a child seven years old knows what the Church is, namely, the holy believers and lambs who hear the voice of their Shepherd. • Martin Luther, The Smalcald Articles, III.12 In order to deal … [Continue reading...]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (7): For Ecclesia Week

By Chaplain Mike The following words are from the Preface to Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles Creed, by S.J. Stone (1866) Most clergymen are aware how many of their parishioners, among the … [Continue reading...]