November 22, 2014

The Evangelical/Protestant Liturgy: Example 1

A reader has sent along an order of service from a shared worship gathering of two Protestant churches, and you can see many of the elements we are discussing. I'd love to see other orders of service from the … [Continue reading...]

The Evangelical Liturgy 7: The Invocation

For beginners, read the Introduction to this series, then visit the categories menu and hit "Evangelical Liturgy" for all previous entries. In a sentence, I'm walking through all the parts of the traditional Protestant worship … [Continue reading...]

Jesus, Faith and a Universe of Fear

When I started studying Mark's Gospel many years ago, I learned that, in Mark, faith is not contrasted with unbelief, but with fear. The command to "not be afraid" was common in Mark. The disciples are constantly choosing … [Continue reading...]

Grace Lutheran Church, Tulsa OK

Like I said Lutherans (and Anglicans and Methodists and...), get with it on the missional thing please. A lot of evangelicals need you. BTW, the "Evangelical Liturgy" series in on its way back. Don't fret. … [Continue reading...]


Read Luke 18:9-12 “He expects us to make mistakes. He gives us millions (indeed billions and trillions) of chances. If anything, God likes our weaknesses because it enables him to exercise his infinite mercy. When Paul … [Continue reading...]

Frank Viola’s New Book “Finding Organic Church”+ My article at Mod Ref + Theology Program

Frank Viola's new book "FINDING ORGANIC CHURCH: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities" (David C. Cook) releases today at a discount from This is the practical follow up to … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: What Would You Say to the Marilyn Manson Audience?

First read the story of Christian protestors at a Marilyn Manson concert. ( patient) Then, savor the irony: If you read Manson's biography, he's the product of Christian parenting and fundamentalist education.Marilyn … [Continue reading...]

From the Classic iMonk Archives (2002): I Have My Doubts

Not a piece on atheism, but an honest recounting of doubt and faith in my life. From 2002. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!"- Mark 9:24 Let's start with bugs. Bugs … [Continue reading...]


I received two letters this week from friends/readers asking for input and advice on relating to atheists in their workplace/families. It brought to mind a number of things I've been wanting to say about evangelicals and their … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #154

This week: Pushing the theological diversity envelope. Should I let my enemies have a shot at me? Comments to a family whose son has become an atheist. Support the IM sponsors: New Reformation Press. Reformation theology for … [Continue reading...]