June 30, 2016

Signs You Might Be Practicing Churchianity (1)

By Chaplain Mike There are plenty of funny church signs out there. I thought we'd begin to look around for signs that communicate something different—the possibility that a church might be advertising "mere churchianity" … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Three Days among the Mainlines

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 21, 2008 Unless you’ve been brought up in the insular confines of fundamentalism, it’s going to be hard to understand what it’s been like for me spending three … [Continue reading...]

“This SA Meeting Is Now in Session”

By Chaplain Mike Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion to me was like rounding a bend in the highway … [Continue reading...]

Calvin on Loving Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike As I have been thinking and reading about the doctrine of Vocation lately, it struck me that one of the foundations this teaching is built upon is the theology of common grace. One group of Christians that … [Continue reading...]

“For” God or “With” God?

By Chaplain Mike One of my favorite teachers today is Skye Jethani, senior editor of Leadership Journal and Out of Ur.com. The following video is a good example of why I appreciate his emphasis so much. In it he describes a … [Continue reading...]

Salvation Stories

What is salvation like? Not, What is salvation?  What is it like? Comparisons, though incomplete, are good.  They enable us to comprehend things we’ve never seen or experienced; they enable us to generalize and … [Continue reading...]

“What if this was what Muslims thought of Christians?”

To say the least, it has been an interesting week for the West and its relationship with Islam. Friend of iMonk Michael Bell sent this to us the other day. It was written by a friend with a ministry to Muslims in North … [Continue reading...]

Christ Has No Body but Yours

By Chaplain Mike At my church today, our pastor began a series on Vocation, a theme we began to explore on Labor Day in our post, "The Masks of God." We will continue to explore this vital theological theme in days to come. … [Continue reading...]

It’s Party Time!

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: Luke 15:1-10 I think Tom Wright perfectly catches the message of this passage in an illustration from his commentary, Luke for Everyone: We had just moved house, to a dream location: quiet, … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: My September 11, 2001

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted in September, 2001 Of course, it's far from over, but it has been a week like no other in the memory of anyone who wasn't old enough to be aware of … [Continue reading...]