May 26, 2016

Liturgical Gangstas 6: Unappreciated Strengths and Overlooked Weaknesses

Welcome to IM's popular new 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...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Why Aren’t We Doing Inner City Church Planting?

UPDATE: Jared Wilson takes off on this topic. I'm not dogging any churches here. I love my brothers and sisters in the suburbs. But this is a question that needs to be discussed. No blame, but thoughtful consideration. If you … [Continue reading...]

Some Thoughts on Spiritual Gifts

If you haven't read them recently, the relevant passages on Spiritual gifts are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4. Most of us who are old enough recall when we first heard teaching on the subject of "spiritual … [Continue reading...]

I’m A Poor Player

I love chess. I've loved it since I was a kid. I've kept my first chess sets. I can recall every hand held set I ever took to school when I was told not to. I still stalk ebay looking for a particular plastic set that I wanted … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #127

This week: Starting some talks about parents, student ministry, etc: This week I talk about evaluating the "acting out" teen and parenting/ministry for identity rather than behavior. Exit music from Randy Stonehill. The new CD, … [Continue reading...]

Poetry Slam ’09

One of the events I am responsible for at the ministry where I serve is a poetry slam. Competitors must perform an original poem. Non-competitors are either adults or are performing non-original work. Here are four of the poems … [Continue reading...]

Living In One Room

In Screwtape Letter 10, the senior tempter reminds Wormwood that, as much as possible, he should strive to have his patient lead two completely separate and parallel lives. It's basic demonic advice, and few of us would need … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: From 11/07: The Ecclesiastes Attitude

It is the tradition of this web site to hear my confessions, my struggles and my emotions. This is what is what was on my table in November of '07. I can't explain it to you; all I can do is write and pray. Trusting God is hard. … [Continue reading...]

Yellow Mountain Imports

This post will win the award for having the least to do with anything theological. I'm a chess player (bad) and a collector of chess sets (good.) Since the TV is gone, I'm taking a second look at the board game situation, and I … [Continue reading...]

Talk Hard II: Defending Dissent

The Original Talk Hard: Defending the Role of the Critic in Christianity. Lots I would change in that essay, but it still holds up 6 years or so later. Recently, I received an email from someone who has been a longtime reader … [Continue reading...]