January 16, 2018

“Will We Have To Leave?”

I'm supply preaching these days at a small Presbyterian church in town. I usually arrive half an hour early, turn on the heat and just enjoy the silence of the sanctuary until the congregation arrives. Most of my folks live … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 11:23:09: Required Behavior Modification and the Gospel

Like any and all Riffs, these are simply some of my thoughts inspired by other posts and discussions. Not a throw down, etc. This morning at evangel, Joe Carter voiced some of his frustration at the way the "law/Gospel" … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: The Portable Christian

I've been reading a used copy of a book edited by Christopher Hitchens called The Portable Atheist. Hitchens has selected, edited and introduced 47 various selections from atheist authors, philosophers, writers, journalists and so … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #166

This week: Push Advent. The Portable Christian. Dawkins and the Why Questions. Support the IM sponsors: Restoring the Soul.com. Real help for restoring the pastor's soul. New Reformation Press. Reformation theology for … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel (Part 4): How It Feels In The Strangeness

The comments to the three previous posts have featured a variety of responses and reactions to the idea of "Gospel-less" sermons, teaching, testimonies, etc. I am happy for those of you who are in churches where this is … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3)

I've been trying to emphasize the Gospel as the foundational content of the Christian life for many years. While I've worked at fresh articulations of the Gospel, there are a lot of familiar articulations of the Gospel that show … [Continue reading...]

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Scripture Sources (Part 2)

The apparent crisis in giving the Gospel its right and Biblically healthy place in evangelical Christian faith exists on several levels. First, there is the level of scriptural definition. While I can answer the question "What … [Continue reading...]

Misplaced, Taken For Granted and Ignored: My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel (Part 1)

In a recent sermon, I said that I was deeply concerned about the understanding of the Gospel that I hear among adult Christians and especially preachers. I was not just making noise. With every passing year, I'm amazed that the … [Continue reading...]

Three Questions About Post-Evangelicalism

1. Why did you start using the term "post-evangelical?" Aren't you aware of how that term is perceived in the discernment blogosphere? This will seem hard to believe, but I simply wanted a way to say I was moving past … [Continue reading...]

Chaplain Mike Mercer: Evangelicals And The Pastoral Care of the Dying: The IM Interview

Chaplain Mike Mercer is one of the long-time faithful friends of this web site. Many of you will recognize him as a frequent commenter. Mike has gone the extra mile to befriend me and that has been a true gift. I wanted to do … [Continue reading...]