April 30, 2016

Happy New Year, Advent & Christmas 101

Guest post today by Chaplain Mike Mercer... Happy New Year! If you or your church follows the Christian Year, you know what I am talking about. Yesterday was the first day of the church calendar, the first Sunday in Advent. … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Is there Mental Illness in the Bible?

I am continuing reposting the 2005 series on Mental Illness. Is there mental illness in the Bible? This question seeks to move us toward the question of mental illness and the Gospel. The focus of the Bible is Jesus Christ. … [Continue reading...]

Liturgical Gangstas 17: Preaching Ananias, Sapphira and the Gospel

Welcome to IM's popular feature, "The Liturgical Gangstas," a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern … [Continue reading...]

“Will We Have To Leave?”

I'm supply preaching these days at a small Presbyterian church in town. I usually arrive half an hour early, turn on the heat and just enjoy the silence of the sanctuary until the congregation arrives. Most of my folks live … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 11:23:09: Required Behavior Modification and the Gospel

Like any and all Riffs, these are simply some of my thoughts inspired by other posts and discussions. Not a throw down, etc. This morning at evangel, Joe Carter voiced some of his frustration at the way the "law/Gospel" … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: The Portable Christian

I've been reading a used copy of a book edited by Christopher Hitchens called The Portable Atheist. Hitchens has selected, edited and introduced 47 various selections from atheist authors, philosophers, writers, journalists and so … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #166

This week: Push Advent. The Portable Christian. Dawkins and the Why Questions. Support the IM sponsors: Restoring the Soul.com. Real help for restoring the pastor's soul. New Reformation Press. Reformation theology for … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel (Part 4): How It Feels In The Strangeness

The comments to the three previous posts have featured a variety of responses and reactions to the idea of "Gospel-less" sermons, teaching, testimonies, etc. I am happy for those of you who are in churches where this is … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3)

I've been trying to emphasize the Gospel as the foundational content of the Christian life for many years. While I've worked at fresh articulations of the Gospel, there are a lot of familiar articulations of the Gospel that show … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Scripture Sources (Part 2)

The apparent crisis in giving the Gospel its right and Biblically healthy place in evangelical Christian faith exists on several levels. First, there is the level of scriptural definition. While I can answer the question "What … [Continue reading...]