July 24, 2014

Question: Is Evangelism Child Abuse?

My last post has stirred up some, uh...."interesting" commentary and email. To the point: in the view of some people, evangelism of teenagers is abusive and unethical. Since I'm a preacher who preaches the Gospel to teenagers with … [Continue reading...]

On Throwing Away A Ministry of Comfort

Last night was one of those nights of preaching where I am reminded of where God has put me and what he's put me here to do. I meditated a bit on that today, and share my gratitude to Him with you. "I live by preaching. My … [Continue reading...]

Dr. Mike Wittmer: Heaven Is A Place On Earth: The IM Interview

As we were discussing the subject of "Can We Be Too God-Centered?," I remembered an excellent book I'd read a couple of years ago: Heaven Is A Place On Earth: Why Everything You Do Matters To God by Dr. Michael Wittmer. I … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio 143

This week: A few stories from Advance 09. Friendship. Answers to the "Too God-Centered" Objection. Support the IM sponsors: New Reformation Press. New products available: New music and DVDs. Emmaus Retreat Center. A great place … [Continue reading...]

The Shepherd of These Hills

Other IM essays on Appalachia. The Gospel and Appalachia The Gospel and Appalachia: Can The Culture Change? The Gospel and Appalachia: Four Christian Responses Most IM readers know that I live in southeastern Kentucky, in … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Credible Christianity for the Cultural Atheist

This November '07 piece, Credible Christianity for the Cultural Atheist, was a follow up to some of what I had written reflecting on my experiences teaching students from China. It discusses those aspects of Christian practice and … [Continue reading...]

Another One Gets Off the Evangelical Bus: Thoughts on A De-Conversion

BeAttitude gives his reasons for Why He Walked Away From Christianity. Don't skip this. Read it carefully and don't start talking. Just listen. 1. I always want to commend anyone who moves to a position of authenticity for … [Continue reading...]

What God Has Joined Together: A Study of Grace and Discipleship In The Teaching of Jesus

Galatians 5:5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. … [Continue reading...]

Ten Guidelines for Interpreting the Gospels

MODERATION is on. 1. Don't harmonize the Gospels. That's like taking four paintings and combining them into one. You come up with something no one painted and no one intended to paint. Let each Gospel author be an artist in his … [Continue reading...]

What did Jesus mean when he said we must “hate” our family?

Luke 14:15 (ESV) When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet … [Continue reading...]