October 4, 2015

Theology Week at IM: Some problems with “theology” itself

Theology Week at IM Part 1: Some problems with "theology" itself I would like to spend some time following up on yesterday's "Sundays with Michael Spencer" post on theology. Michael's original post which I excerpted was called … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: September 13, 2015 (+Wilco!)

Whenever you are ready, I’d like to tour the dark side of this thing we call theology. I have high hopes that, once we emerge on the other side, we may be better theologians for having confronted some aspects of theology its … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: September 12, 2015

If we can get this old Rambler jump-started, we'll be off and running in this late summer edition. There, I think we got it. Ready to ramble? • • • Here are a couple of family pictures from our Labor Day weekend gathering at … [Continue reading...]

Sept. 11 Special: Interview with Charles Featherstone

Note from CM: I first met Charles Featherstone over a cup of coffee at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago a couple of years ago. Even in our brief interaction, I was intrigued by him and the story of his wilderness journey. I … [Continue reading...]

Walter Wangerin: Ignoring God’s Staged Armistice

In his book, Ragman: And Other Cries of Faith, Walter Wangerin writes about the way he and his wife Thanne fought throughout their marriage. Their bouts would follow a pattern. He talked. She was silent. Then she would … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Running Wounded

1606  Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, … [Continue reading...]


Note from CM: In this post, I will not be writing about same-sex marriages. They will be mentioned, but what I have to say is not about them. If you think SSM or other forms of "marriage" should be discussed in the comments, I … [Continue reading...]

Luther’s surprisingly “modern” view of marriage

At home I have good wine and beer and a good wife, or, shall I say, lord. • Martin Luther • • • This past weekend, we celebrated my parents' 60th wedding anniversary. I've been thinking a lot about the vocation of marriage and … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: September 6, 2015

It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings: September 5, 2015

Welcome iMonks! Ready to ramble? The truth is out. Daniel is no longer doing Saturday Ramblings (at least for the time being) because he was offered a pastoral opportunity at a new cutting edge church. • • • This next bit … [Continue reading...]