March 6, 2015

Thoughts on Acts 15 and Early Church Leadership

A few nights ago, Denise and I were reading the scriptures together when I was struck by what we see in regard to church leadership in Acts 15. When we are discussing how Jesus established leadership in the early church, and how … [Continue reading...]

How “Traditional” is the Traditional Service?

Here in Kentucky, where the worship wars/generational church division is everywhere and spreading, many churches are attempting to navigate the rocks of a potential church split by using multiple services. I've been associated … [Continue reading...]

Real and Present

Adjectives are sneaky. You have to keep your eye on them. Especially those that tend to be redundant and, perhaps, confusing. Let's say that "Bob is present." Now let's say "Bob is really present." What exactly do we have … [Continue reading...]

Message to Tom Ascol: Write the Book

UPDATE: Go into the comments and read the post by Pastor Scott Dontanville. Just go read it. For those of you who are going to write me a hurt/angry note saying I'm picking on your church, I'm not. And if I am, I don't know you … [Continue reading...]

Recommendation and Review: The Divine Hours Pocket Edition by Phyllis Tickle

Our book reviewer today is my wife, Denise. Read her blog at Denise Day Spencer. I have, in the past few months, become enamored with the idea of praying at various times during the day--not because I want to be more pious than … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: 07:02:07: John Piper on Why Christian Children Should Be Confused

UPDATE: Read Greg's story prompted by this post, and feel free to add your own. I'm listening to John Piper's program, Desiring God Radio, for July the 2nd, and the topic is "Pastoral Thoughts on the Doctrine of Election." … [Continue reading...]

Riffs 06:30:07: Mark Shea on Measuring Doctrine by Poetry

It's irritating that a really helpful piece of thinking is on a podcast, but it's a short one: The June 29th Catholic Exchange Podcast with Mark Shea. It's entitled "Measuring Doctrine by Poetry." Protestants be warned: ignore the … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #64

Books. Idolatry of the iPhone. Harry Potter and the Imagination. Quote from Hodge. Internet Monk Radio is on iTunes Podcasts for free. Search for Monk and ignore all other claims to monkishness that appear. Charles Hodge … [Continue reading...]

On Harry Potter and Wicca: A Helpful Letter

Harry Potter will be much discussed soon as both the book and the next movie appear in July. IM lurker Brian sent me this letter in response to a BHT post linking an anti-Harry Potter "ministry." Brian discusses the claim of a … [Continue reading...]

iMonk 101: Jesus + The Paperwork

Here's a fairly recent post on the subject of closed communion: Jesus + The Paperwork. Yeah, it's pretty blunt. I don't know if I would write it this way now, but my mind hasn't changed. In fact, with Alastair's help, I feel even … [Continue reading...]