August 1, 2014

Riffs: 12:29:06: The Christian-Industrial Complex

A good friend mailed me a note the other day, asking my opinion of a book that was all the rage in his megachurch. It's not the first time we've had that conversation. We've covered this ground many times because his church, like … [Continue reading...]

The Internet Monk’s Top Ten Web Sites of 2006

OK, you're going to say that I've deserted last year's list. I haven't. I still love those sites, but I want this list to move on a bit. So here's my "Top Ten" list of web sites that have really helped me this year. Feel free to … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Eve 2006: A World Just Beyond Our Grasp

It is traditional for me to post something about Christmas. The following is adapted from a sermon preached at a local Baptist Church, December 24, 11:00 a.m. 2006. A Christ-filled, joyous Christmas to all my Internet Monk … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 12:23:06: “We’ve quit going to church.”

Brant Hanson and family are done with the church. You could have seen it coming. Further reading in the comment threads will reveal a switch to the kind of Christian community that many are exploring in house groups, … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: “The Pursuit of Happyness”

Every so often, Hollywood surprises you. Imagine that a major studio is making a movie starring a marquee quality African-American actor. The story is set in the Reagan-era 80's, with an African-American protagonist who, … [Continue reading...]

A Brilliant Slice O’ Parody + Misc

Brilliant. That's all I can say. Absolutely brilliant. This parody of the "Slice o Bot" needs all you to blogroll it, pass it on and appreciate its wholesome goodness. The Onion has nothing on this site. Of course, it's hard to … [Continue reading...]

The Third Week of Advent: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

This is a sermon written for the third week of Advent. It's expanded from a talk I gave at soli deo, Tuesday, January 19th. For a complete and substantial response to Sam Harris's book, Letters to a Christian Nation, see … [Continue reading...]

The Spencer Family Holiday Newsletter

This is what we send out to our friends all around the country. It's two PDFs, one pretty big. If you have any interest in praying for us or just keeping up with our family, we'd be honored if you read it. Page 1 of the Spencer … [Continue reading...]

Briars in The Cotton Patch: A Story Finally Told

One of the greatest untold stories among Southern Baptists is the life, mission and ministry of Clarence Jordan.(pronounced Jerden) Now, thanks to PBS, Jordan's story has been made into a documentary that can communicate this … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Bill Mackinnon’s “I’m Not Spiritual”

I'm not feeling particularly spiritual these days. Of course, even that sentence is a symptom of how much revivalistic ways of thinking are still running around in my brain. The Gospel is good news for the unspiritual, am that is … [Continue reading...]