November 19, 2018

Monday with Michael Spencer: Luther and Today’s Evangelicals

Note from CM: We get back to some posts about the Reformation, which were interrupted by tributes to Eugene Peterson last week. Today, Michael Spencer reminds us of one of contemporary evangelicalism's genuine flaws -- its … [Continue reading...]

Reformation Day Sermon 2018

Reformation Day Sermon 2018 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 27, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 27, 2018 End of October, beginning of November. Halloween. Reformation Sunday. All Saints. Time to change the clocks. The midterm elections. Let's get some calories for stamina, eh? Thanks … [Continue reading...]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 6 – No More “Wretched Urgency”

There is no urgent concern for converting people in the New Testament. Did you get that down? There is also no urgent concern for the numerical growth of churches by the efforts of members to convert others. There are no … [Continue reading...]

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne, Part 4 – Conceptual Exploration

Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship By John Polkinghorne (Part 4 – Conceptual Exploration We are reviewing the book, “Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship” by John Polkinghorne.  Today we will … [Continue reading...]

Eugene Peterson and Me

The biblical fact is that there are no successful churches. There are, instead, communities of sinners, gathered before God week after week in towns and villages all over the world. The Holy Spirit gathers them and does his work … [Continue reading...]

Matt B. Redmond on Lessons Learned from Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: Eugene Peterson died yesterday. He was the pastor's pastor, and a delightful, important subversive voice in today's church culture. Peterson was my pastoral hero and (book-)mentor. One of my greatest regrets is … [Continue reading...]

Reformation Week (2018): Another Look: God’s Righteousness

Note from CM: This coming Sunday our church, along with others around the world, will commemorate Reformation Sunday. I thought it would be fitting to look at some thoughts about this momentous movement in church history for a few … [Continue reading...]

Sunday with Christian Wiman: Calling and Resistance

It’s almost the definition of a calling that there is strong inner resistance to it. The resistance is not practical—how will I make money, can I live with the straitened circumstances, etc.—but existential: Can I navigate this … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 20, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 20, 2018 We're at or near peak foliage season in many parts of the country this weekend. We've even had a little snow in the air here in Illinois and Indiana, though our colors seem to be … [Continue reading...]