July 29, 2014

Lost, False or Real?: A Closer Look at Assurance

UPDATE: Some of my pastoral thoughts on assurance are here: On Faith's Crumbling Edge. Mark Shea is a sharp thinker and commenter. His daily “Catholic Exchange” podcast is always provocative. In a recent podcast contrasting … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul by Tony Hendra

Read an extended excerpt. Also, a story involving the author of the book suggests he may have problems not mentioned in the book. I read a lot of Catholic fiction. Baptists and other Christians haven't done very well with the … [Continue reading...]

Site News: Kicking Moderation Up a Notch

A few weeks ago, I made a small change in this site: I stopped requiring registration in order to comment. So far, it's been a great change. The traffic on the site and in the comments, especially, is way up. The average IM … [Continue reading...]

Five Post-evangelical Answers for Today’s Evangelical Crisis

UPDATE: A Bible translator in Africa takes issue with me. I'll say more about his observations in a later post. Answers. I don't seem to have many. A lot of complaints. Not that many answers. Right? I'm an analytical person, … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 5:31:07: Dan Edelen and Evangelicalism’s Loss of “Majesty, Awe and Otherness”

Dan Edelen has once again written a provocative post on the situation in evangelicalism, and I’ve responded to it a bit in podcast 61. But it’s too good a topic not to bat around a bit more. Reacting to the blogosphere … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #61

Dan Edelen's post on Evangelicals and their "Inhibitions" for God's Majesty, Awe and Otherness. Evangelicals as MAO Inhibitors. IM Radio is on iTunes. Search for Monk and ignore the other guy. … [Continue reading...]

Coffee Cup Apologetics 8

Won't any religion get you to heaven as long as you sincerely follow its beliefs and teachings? Coffee Cup Apologetics now has its own website: ccapologetics.wordpress.com … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 5:30:07: The White Horse Inn on Why We Don’t Need to be Saved + Reformed Celebrity Culture

Actually, the program is called "Why Christ Alone Saves," but the discussion quickly goes to the heart of evangelicalism's selling-out of the Gospel: we've convinced ourselves that we don't need to be saved by a bloody savior. … [Continue reading...]

What About the Flag in the Sanctuary? (Or How To Get Fired Really Fast.)

Sometime when I was in seminary, I first heard the term "civil religion" and started to understand that some people had a problem with the American flag in a church sanctuary. The flag- and its companion, the "Christian" flag- … [Continue reading...]

The Wrong Song For the People of God

[Check out the previous IM post, "With God On Our Side."] One of the results of working with international students, and especially of having them in worship services you're leading, is a new appreciation of how some commonly … [Continue reading...]