January 18, 2017

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...]

Riffs: 02:18:09: Scot Mcknight on the “Neo-Reformed”

UPDATE II: Trevin Wax agrees and disagrees with Scot. UPDATE: Now tell me again, where are they keeping that secret book? Justin Taylor finds the characterization of the neo-reformed as fundamentalist inaccurate, to say the … [Continue reading...]

Liturgical Gangstas 6: Unappreciated Strengths and Overlooked Weaknesses

Welcome to IM's popular new feature, "The Liturgical Gangstas," a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern … [Continue reading...]