April 24, 2017

This May Be What You Heard in Church on Sunday

By Chaplain Mike I was watching an old favorite movie the other day, and thought for a moment I was in church. Given the state of preaching in many churches today, the sentiments of this famous speech may well represent what … [Continue reading...]

The Insight of Nuns

By Chaplain Mike Many years ago, I read an article about Bill Leslie, pastor of the inner city Lasalle St. Church in Chicago. This demanding ministry had brought him to a point of exhaustion. On the advice of a friend, he went … [Continue reading...]

Transfiguration Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 on mountain height resplendent light apostles saw with speechless awe peter and james and brother john saw jesus' face bright as the sun moses was there elijah … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Ecumenism and A Jesus-Shaped Guest List

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer November 6, 2009 POINT: Evangelicalism contains within itself some almost irresistible itches from its fundamentalist DNA. From time to time, the urge to scratch is almost … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 3.5.11

Pondering the imponderables today. Such as, why do we drive on parkways, but park on driveways? What's with the "interstate" highways in Hawaii? If a cow laughs really hard, will milk come out of her nose? And, most imponderable … [Continue reading...]


By Chaplain Mike For your Friday evening listening pleasure—Amos Lee. … [Continue reading...]

“What the Soul Is in the Body, Christians Are in the World”

By Chaplain Mike Sometime between about 150 and 225 AD, a writer penned one of most winsome and descriptive commendations of the Christian church ever written. It is called The Epistle to Diognetus. We are not sure today … [Continue reading...]

Update: Ben’s Creation Class

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: Not long ago, iMonk community member Ben S. solicited our advice about teaching a class on creation to a group of young people. He promised us a report, and here it is. You guys rock! Firstly, I'd … [Continue reading...]

Difficult Scriptures

And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me" (Luke 9:23, NASB). Perhaps the most difficult thing about this verse is not interpreting it … [Continue reading...]

Walking the Neighborhood

By Chaplain Mike I am currently reading Eugene Peterson's The Pastor: A Memoir. Soon, Jeff and I will post a discussion on this remarkable retrospective from two points of view: that of a pastor and a parishioner. Today, I … [Continue reading...]