April 23, 2018

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (2) Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Part three of a four-part series. Chaplain Mike the Pastor I have been in pastoral ministry since 1978, when I graduated from Bible college. I served as an assistant pastor in my home church (Southern … [Continue reading...]

A Real Fight Of Faith

It stood to reason that a struggle with the Devil meant a spiritual struggle ... the notion of a physical combat was fit only for a savage. If only it were as simple as that. (Perelandra by C.S. Lewis) I have been watching a … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: The Complete Psalms

So the first question we must ask is: Do we really need another new translation of the Psalms? If you are a scholar looking for word-for-word accuracy or you are going into philology, then Pamela Greenberg's The Complete … [Continue reading...]

OK, So Traditional Church can Be Boring…

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My Issues with Evangelicalism: (1) Worship

By Chaplain Mike Part two of a four-part series. The most important issue to us in our journey from evangelicalism has been that of corporate worship. For thirty years now, this theme has always been at or near the … [Continue reading...]

My Issues with Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: You can read an earlier statement on this subject, called, "My Post-Evangelical Wilderness," here. IM has been long known for its pointed critiques of evangelicalism. In less than a month, Michael … [Continue reading...]

What I Like about Lutheran Baptism

By Chaplain Mike Michael Spencer was a Southern Baptist. A reader recently wrote and asked what I, as a Lutheran, believe about baptism. I thought you might like to have a chance to hear how I responded. Before I talk … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: The Divine Commodity

By Chaplain Mike Darn that Skye Jethani! He has written the book I wanted to write: an insightful, stern, yet gracious critique of evangelical culture, illustrated by the works and stories of Vincent van Gogh, and linked … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: The Fading Glow of External Experience

By Chaplain Mike While I'm reading Skye Jethani's superb book, The Divine Commodity, and preparing to review it, I thought I'd post this Open Mic question that grows out of a post on his blog, "What Should Worship Look Like? … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: Pentecost — The Third Great Day

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted May 26, 2007 Act 2:1-8 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (2) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty … [Continue reading...]