July 25, 2014

Riffs: 04:26:09: Is My Evangelicalism Collapsing?

Several of you sent me links to a quote from National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson saying that yours truly was 1) somehow like Hugo Chavez (??) and 2) was in the midst of my own personal evangelical … [Continue reading...]

We Interrupt This Religion To Recognize….All The Ugl….Unattra…..Uh, “Ordinary” Christians

I don't really care for Susan Boyle's voice. But I'm very interested in her looks. I've always had a thing about ugly rock stars. Tom Petty. Bob Dylan. That guy in The Cars. The drummer in Cheap Trick. Willie Nelson. Ugly men. … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Podcast #137

This week: Garbage and Baggage We Put With The Gospel. (This is a redo of 136) My great sponsors: New Reformation Press. New products available: New music and DVDs. Emmaus Retreat Center. A great place for your next group or … [Continue reading...]

Where Is Church Discipline When You Need It? (Part 4): Does Church Discipline Always Look Like Church Discipline?

My posts so far have carried an agenda. I would like readers to consider what church discipline looks like when it is the church's compassionate ministry to those who are suffering, rather than primarily a punitive action toward … [Continue reading...]

The Love Of Jesus Is Enough: A Meditation on Morality

NOTE: I have chosen not to post a larger number of comments than usual. If you want to know why comments aren't posted consult the IM F.A.Q. where this is addressed in one of the questions. I could have posted some perfect … [Continue reading...]

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Where Is Church Discipline When You Need It? Part 3: Who Needs It?

It's interesting to read the comments of the previous two posts and see how many people immediately see church discipline as.... -about public sins, usually sexual -hopelessly prone to be a tool of abusive leadership -unable … [Continue reading...]

Where is Church Discipline When You Need It? Part 2: What does Matthew 18 Teach?

Without any intro, I'd like to get right into what I would be saying about Matthew 18 if I were lecturing on the "What does Matthew 18 tell us about church discipline?" I'd begin by noting that the church discipline material in … [Continue reading...]

Where Is Church Discipline When You Need It? Part 1: A Better Approach

Down through the years, I've been part of a few in-church discussions about church discipline. They were all memorable. Almost everyone was against it and treated me like I was going off the deep end for bringing it up. Being … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: What Kind Of Person Will Be A Disciple?

From April of '08. “Now - here is my secret: I tell it to you with an openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God … [Continue reading...]