January 20, 2017

Three items of Interest to IM Readers

1) Many of you have, like me, found Andrew Marin's ministry to be extremely helpful on the issue of building bridges between evangelicals and the GLBT community. Having met Andrew personally and watched him communicate with … [Continue reading...]

The Law/Gospel Rant

NOTE: Despite the fact that this post is law, you should still read it :-) I want to talk about a specific problem in preaching and teaching: the problem of preferring law over Gospel. I consider the primary problem with … [Continue reading...]

Higher Things: A New Model of Youth Ministry/An Interview with Pr. Bill Cwirla

UPDATE: Pr. Cwirla has a follow-up post on worship at Higher Things. I recently became aware of a youth ministry movement in the Lutheran Church: Missouri Synod called "Higher Things." I was intrigued on several counts. HT … [Continue reading...]

Is There A Place To Repent? (Or Must I Make This Journey Alone?)

6: 9 Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice … [Continue reading...]

Riffs 07:24:09: Checking the Pulse of the Post-Evangelical Conversation in Three Manifestos

I'm going to comment on three documents, and I don't want to reproduce them here. All are available online. One is "A Post-Evangelical Manifesto" and can be found at Next Wave Magazine's web site. It is written by Raffi … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: High Ecclesiology/Low Church Planting?

I put forward the following DESCRIPTIVE and DIAGNOSTIC proposition, not to get up in someone's face or assert superiority, but to understand things that are: "It appears that the HIGHER the view of the church, the clergy and … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Just Beyond The 100th Time (What Many Of Us Are Looking For)

I wrote this piece in December of last year, and it remains one of my favorite statements of why so many leave and what they are looking for on their journey. I know that for some of you right now, affirming the church is … [Continue reading...]

Now I’m Surprised This Wasn’t Used As A Worship Song

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Paul F.M. Zahl: On Grace and “Last Signal To The Carpathia”

UPDATE: This is the mother load of Zahl sermons and forums. Great stuff here. I've been listening all day. I've discovered Paul F. M. Zahl, and I'm beside myself with enthusiasim for his writing on grace and the church. The … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #149

This week: Why do Baptists bring their Bibles to worship? Thoughts on Church Leavers. Support the IM sponsors: New Reformation Press. New teaching available. Emmaus Retreat Center. A great place for your next group or … [Continue reading...]