January 24, 2017

Baptism of Our Lord

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 with each step through jordan the water parted wide priests and ark stood on dry ground where once was swelling tide safe through its torrents we all passed in canaan to … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Remembering the Stutterer

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Jan 3, 2007 Note from CM: If you haven't had a chance to see the film, "The King's Speech," I recommend it to you. It's the story of England's King George VI, who came to the throne … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 1.8.11

Well, the longest "season" of the year is just about to come to a close. Am I talking about the "holiday season" that seems to stretch from Halloween until Boxing Day? Nope. I'm referring to the college football bowl season. I … [Continue reading...]

When Bad Theology Gets Scary

By Chaplain Mike MOD NOTE: Folks, this is not a pro- or anti- Israel or Palestinian post. It's about dispensational theology and the dangerous mixture of such theology with international politics. I'd prefer that you stick to … [Continue reading...]

Epiphany and the Days to Come

By Chaplain Mike No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us. (John 1:18, NLT) Kathrin Burleson's painting, which accompanies today's post, … [Continue reading...]

The Forgotten Deadly Sin

Many of you are probably familiar with C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.  His chapter on “Sexual Morality” has some analogies in it that have struck me for some time.  With your indulgence, I will quote what Lewis has to say … [Continue reading...]

Great Expectations

“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in Thee." -- Psalm 39:7 For some, the time after Christmas is somber and blue – the crash after peaking expectations plummet into a disillusionment of dashed hopes and … [Continue reading...]

Richard Halverson’s Vision

By Chaplain Mike "Think of it this way. The program of our church is everything all the members are doing between Sundays. The church keeps house, goes to school, teaches, practices law, medicine and dentistry, runs business … [Continue reading...]

What Has Changed?

By Chaplain Mike Today, I want to have us simply compare two statements by pastors of large churches. The contrast between the two was, to me, striking. The first was made by Richard Halverson a long time ago. In his 1972 … [Continue reading...]

On Good Works

By Chaplain Mike Whenever we have a discussion on faith and good works, it is likely that we will go down many side trails, as happened on Monday in our conversations. Today would be a good time, in my estimation, to clarify … [Continue reading...]