July 23, 2017

Looking For The Jesus Connection: How did Jesus Fight the “Culture War?”

Information about Justice Sunday at Highview Baptist Chruch can be found at the Lexington Herald Leader. Baptist Press is covering the same story, with a Q&A as well. And for irony's sake, this story is on the same page. More … [Continue reading...]

The iMonk and Calvinism Q&A

Q: Are you a Calvinist? A. I prefer to not be called a Calvinist. There might be certain situations where I would answer to that term, but it would be rare. Q. Why are you no longer a Calvinist? A. As long as I have been a … [Continue reading...]

The Best Show On Television: Echoes of The Fall and Glimpses of Grace in “House, M.D.”

It's major confession time. I have a TV habit. I think it started with the X-Files, which Denise and I started watching every week about the middle of its run. We watched and loved Millennium, and a short-lived series called … [Continue reading...]

In the Classroom: Three Stories, Othello and A Christian Approach To Literature

In my AP English IV class, one of my most difficult tasks is teaching students how to read, think and analyze literature as Christians. There are several reasons for the resistance. Laziness. A feeling that the classics are … [Continue reading...]

Christian Humanism: Beginnings

When it comes to ultimate reality and our humanity, there are really very few options. If there is no God, there is no such thing as the "human" in the classically Judeo-Christian sense. There is an existential human, thrown … [Continue reading...]

I’m Not Like You: An Apologia to My Readers (Calvinists especially)

My Calvinistic and Reformed friends. If we are still on speaking terms, I need to say something to you. I am not like you. That's not an attitude of condescension, it's just a fact that I need to bring to the front of our … [Continue reading...]

The River is Deep; The River is Wide: How I Made My Peace With The Roman Catholic Church

NOTE: This piece is similar to an essay on Catholicism I wrote two years ago, but the differences are significant. Read them both. There has been some evolution in the meantime. My apologies to the Catholic bashers who will get … [Continue reading...]

Priceless BHT Comment

BHT Fellow Judson posted: "I just received a recorded phone call from my pastor inviting me to attend Easter Sunday." Lurker Eric replied with this gem:"Press 1 if you will be attending the Traditional Easter Sunrise Service to … [Continue reading...]

Read it again…and don’t skip the hard parts

Let's be honest. A lot of Christians have no idea what to do with the Gospel accounts of Jesus' ministry. What does it mean? What does it have to do with evangelism, church growth and "having a great life now?" … [Continue reading...]

Looney Tunes: The Whacked Out, Whipped Up, Wholly Scary Theology of the Praise and Worship Movement

In our journey back through the IM archives, we must deal with the Monk's contradictory attitude towards contemporary Praise and Worship music. Does he hate it? If so, why does he have a warehouse of the stuff at the house? Why is … [Continue reading...]