September 20, 2018

Ink Blot Church

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see. … [Continue reading...]

Apologized and Revised: Looking For the Elusive, Mysterious “Reformed, Calvinistic” Tent

Just before I left for work this morning, I made a several discoveries: First, I discovered that "c.t." in the current essay's comment thread is a person who has been feeding off my web-sites for several weeks now. Second, I … [Continue reading...]

The Prodigal Project

For the last three months, I've been leading a study of the story of the prodigal son in a men's Bible study here at OBI. We met twice a week, and I simply took the study whatever direction was interesting to me. It's been a lot … [Continue reading...]

Retire the Chimps! Help the Media Find the “Real” Evangelicals!

Dear Media types. Main Stream. Television. Christian. Internet. Whatever. This post is for you. It has come to my attention that, in the past decade, you have paid increasing amounts of attention to conservative Christianity in … [Continue reading...]

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...]