August 24, 2016

John Dagg: On Love For and Appreciation of Other Christians

I'm stealing this from Tim Brister, but it's such a great quote for this web site, that I had to have it in the archive. John L. Dagg was one of the first systematic theologians that Baptists produced. His Manual of Theology is … [Continue reading...]

New Covenant Lent

UPDATE II: Fr. Ernesto pointed out that I had wrongly used the word "proscribe" in several sentences. I have changed those sentences, and that may have been the problem a few of you were having with my post and comments. Thanks … [Continue reading...]

What Is Jesus Shaped Spirituality?

The past year and a half has been the most personally tumultuous time I've ever experienced as a Christian believer. At one time or another in this past year, I have re-evaluated every area of my Christianity, often with many … [Continue reading...]

Do You Know What Your Church Is Doing Next Sunday?

“Part of the problem is that evangelicals really don’t have traditions,” said Carter. “Instead, we have these fads that are built on the strengths and talents of individual leaders. … But a real tradition can be handed … [Continue reading...]

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Every so often, it seems like a good idea to get the basic facts about your Internet Monk straight. I do this mainly for the sake of commenters and others who sometimes make factual errors. I'm often stunned at the weird things … [Continue reading...]

Appalachian Solutions: What the Government Can Do.

I'm not an economist, I don't want to argue politics, and I probably had no business posting this. It's the lack of TV. I have to make up my own punditry. ABC's 20/20 did a special on Appalachia this month, which caught my … [Continue reading...]


Matt Chandler has been on my list of podcast worthy preachers for most of two years. His preaching at the Village Church is outstanding. Here's an example why. … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Movies For and About Hard Times

I hesitate to open movies as a topic for discussion when a chunk of my audience is of the generation that thinks Pineapple Express is great cinema, but here's the question. What are some films "For and About Hard Times" that … [Continue reading...]

Fifteen Random Thoughts About the Economic Crisis

Rather random. Incomplete. Just things I keep thinking. 1. I'm convinced that some of the news media (***cough*** Fox ***cough***) are using the financial situation to create a "panic" audience. That is, they are putting on … [Continue reading...]

“I Forgive Myself:” The Hardest Word?

One of the things I really don't like about run-of-the-mill evangelical spirituality is the assumption that we're all basically clones of each other. Cheerful clones. Mentally healthy clones. Good family clones. Conservative … [Continue reading...]