November 18, 2017

Graduation Day

This is a fun time of year when we get to celebrate with those graduating from high school or college. I will be traveling to Ohio next week to take part in my niece's high school graduation. You may be attending graduations or … [Continue reading...]

Love Makes Us

“God, loving what is not yet and putting faith in us, continually begets us, since love is what begets.” — Carlo Carretto If love is what makes us, then we all, at least in the infinite mind of God, are fully made because … [Continue reading...]

Let’s Discuss…Baptism

By Chaplain Mike This past Sunday we had a baptism in our Lutheran church. Four small children received the sacrament and were introduced to the congregation as members of God's family. This led to a discussion after worship … [Continue reading...]

Happy 70th, Bob Dylan

By Chaplain Mike Part way through my morning, I remembered it was Bob Dylan's seventieth birthday. I scrolled through my iPod playlist and saw that I had a "Dylan Mix" there. So, here are the 25 songs with which I celebrated … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: An Appetite for Fanaticism—Is There Something Wrong with Saying ‘You’ve Gone Too Far’?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from Chaplain Mike: The Harold Camping debacle over the weekend made it clear that many in our culture and in our Christian circles remain susceptible to fanaticism and the … [Continue reading...]

Harold Camping, Plowboys, and the Peril of Jouissance

By Chaplain Mike One of the books I am currently reading is David Fitch's The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology. (See Scot McKnight's recent series … [Continue reading...]

A New Missions Field

Have you ever thought you might have a calling to missions?  I have a suggestion for you. I won’t try to convince you that this new field is more deserving or better or more desperate than a hundred others.  All mission … [Continue reading...]

Easter V

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: John 14:1-14 when in the dimness of an upper room my troubled heart fears an ending an abandoning, a bereaving i cannot bear the world that i have known changing the one whom i have … [Continue reading...]

A Way Forward for Eschatology

By Chaplain Mike Two years ago, Scot McKnight did a five-part series called "The Future of Christian Eschatology" on his Jesus Creed blog. We have all had this subject on our mind this week, thanks to the looney predictions of … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Three Questions about a “Secret Rapture”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 7, 2006 Advocates of the rapture make much of the texts in Luke and Matthew that speak of “one taken, one left.”—"I tell you, in that night there will be two in one … [Continue reading...]