February 20, 2017

In the Dry Old Summertime

By Chaplain Mike We aren't yet to the "dog days" of summer. But I'm dry already. Am I alone in finding certain seasons of the year more challenging with regard to staying spiritually vibrant? Life has a rhythm, and I … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated "What this says to you and me who have to live with the business of trying to confess our sins is that confession is not a pre-condition of forgiveness. It's something that you … [Continue reading...]

A Final Word about Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Cue applause. Cue wild, hilarious celebration in the streets. Creation week has come to an end. As God himself would say, "Time for a rest!" Before we go, I want to take this opportunity to say "thank … [Continue reading...]

Religion and Culture

(Note: Richard Niebuhr wrote a classic book called Christ and Culture.  I highly recommend reading it to understand the variety of relationships possible between Christianity and culture.  I don’t attempt to summarize his … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: On a Mission with Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • 2 Kings 5:1-14 • Psalm 30 • Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16 • Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Today's Gospel: Luke 10:1-20 (NRSV) After this the Lord appointed … [Continue reading...]

Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike A number of commenters to IM this week have struggled with our interpretation that the story of the fall and its consequences does not indicate a radical change in the nature of creation itself as the result of … [Continue reading...]

Exile from Eden (Gen 3)

By Chaplain Mike As we near the end of "Creation Week" here at IM, we come to our final study in the early chapters of Genesis. Today we look at the account of Adam and Eve's sin and their expulsion from the Garden in Genesis … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 7.3.10

After a heady week here at iMonk of creation wars and Christian arts, Jeff Dunn swooned with the vapors and had to lie down for a bit, leaving the Saturday-themed rambling up to me, Adam Palmer. Shall we? As long as we're on … [Continue reading...]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part two

By Chaplain Mike The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:8 (NASB) In the first part of Genesis 2:4-25, we saw: The pre-fall condition of the … [Continue reading...]

Surprise! God Does Art

In my previous essay we looked at the culture of Jesus junk. I tried to say things in a nice way--maybe I was too nice. I still have many friends in publishing, in broadcasting, in music production and distribution. Many friends … [Continue reading...]