February 13, 2016

Epiphany III: I wonder…

Epiphany III I wonder... Luke 4:14-20 (NRSV) 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: January 23, 2016

Hey, iMonks on the east coast, how you doin' out there, under the wrath of Snowzilla? Hope you're not thinking of doing any rambling today, at least on the roads. Looks like it might be awhile before you could dig that Rambler … [Continue reading...]


midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy … [Continue reading...]


This is Middle America. This is the generation of “older people” that I grew up respecting, the people who ran or worked for local businesses, tended to their families, and were involved in their communities. This is the group of … [Continue reading...]

A Tale of Christian “Persecution” — One way or another

As Paul Harvey used to say, "Here's a strange." Hard to know what to think about it. Is it a story of Christians being "persecuted" or of Christians doing the "persecuting"? The Washington Post reports: A Michigan dentist … [Continue reading...]

Trump at Liberty

As I said in comments last week, I'm not terribly interested in politics except as it intersects with the purposes of this blog. Since we like to keep our eye on what is happening in the world of U.S. evangelicalism, I think the … [Continue reading...]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 18, 2016

For the next few weeks, I will run iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. His subject was "the sermon," and the series was called "What's Wrong with the Sermon?" Here is Michael's explanation of the approach he took: In … [Continue reading...]

Epiphany II: Grief and Fear

Epiphany II Grief and Fear In the small country church where I am preaching this morning, I will face a congregation filled with grief. A young woman in the congregation died of cancer this week, leaving a husband and family … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: January 16, 2016

Ah, I would love to be going to the slopes with these folks in this stylish 1962 Rambler American 400 wagon. The measly amount of snow we received here in central Indiana last week just won't do. And then the warm winds and rain … [Continue reading...]

John Barclay on “Dangerous Grace”

What is distinctive about Paul is his emphasis that grace is not just a gift given generously or in advance, but a gift given precisely without considering [the recipient’s] prior quality or worth. • John Barclay • • • One book … [Continue reading...]