April 25, 2014

Stupid Evangelical Tricks: Five

It's been a while since I did an old-school "iMonk-rants-about-evangelicals" post, but all of them are still there in the essays department. Someone could assume- wrongly, I assure you- that those criticisms all came from the days … [Continue reading...]

In The Study: My Good Friday Meditation

In my work setting, I've done a Holy Week meditation each day this week. This is today's Good Friday meditation. My mother had an unusual experience as a teenage girl. She was present at the last public hanging in the United … [Continue reading...]

A Second Look at the Ordinary Pastor

Lynn (fictional) wrote me a letter with complaints about her pastor. Lynn, It was good to hear from you. It sounds as if your new home and John's new job are just right for your family. We all miss you, but this will be a … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #53

Why did I remove those posts? Do Christian publishers flood the market with repetitive books? Some thoughts on Matthew 11:1ff. The Internet Monk Radio Podcast is available on iTunes. Search for "Monk" and ignore that other … [Continue reading...]

Gospel Relevance=Gospel Application

Studying Acts with my students, it's freshly clear to me that the immediate struggle of the early Christians was not only, or even particularly, theological, but practical. How do we live out, in the church, family, community … [Continue reading...]

Roxburgh Journal Interview with Mike Goheen + Resources

In my continuing attempt to help others understand the missional church conversation, I'm finding some great resources on Allelon's web site. This Roxburgh journal interview with Missiologist and church planter Mike Goheen is … [Continue reading...]

Review: The Truth War by John MacArthur

UPDATE: Lifeway was kind enough to send me this link to an "Author Interview" with Dr. MacArthur regarding this book. UPDATE II: Macarthur's takedown of John Armstrong is critiqued by Andrew Sandlin. I would like to thank … [Continue reading...]

The Choice, The Treasure: Calvinism and the Language of Believing

When I first encountered Calvinism in a Southern Baptist Church, it was with several of my church members criticizing the use of the public invitation. Particularly, they objected strongly to my use of any appeal to “decide” … [Continue reading...]

Tomorrow. Tomorrow.

UPDATE: 4:37 p.m. As good as promised....even with the out. Tomorrow is opening day in Cincinnati, in case you didn't know. So here's a baseball post. Sometime tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to tear up at a baseball game. … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 3:31:07: “The People Formerly Known As The Congregation” or Why Some Christians Are Not On Your Ego Trip This Time Around

My friend Bill Kinnon is one of those people who, by most reasonable assessments, shouldn't be in church. He got ahold of a bad one, got burned and you can still feel it in posts like this one: The People Formerly Known As The … [Continue reading...]