September 2, 2015

Which Way? Religious Conservatism at the Crossroads

Last week's Supreme Court ruling [Obergefell v. Hodges] which found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage surprised few observers. Whether or not such a right can legitimately be derived from the Constitution, it seems … [Continue reading...]

Report from the desert (2): The golden hour

Photographers and cinematographers love "the golden hour" (sometimes called "the magic hour"). This describes the time of light right after sunrise and right before sunset. During these periods, the sun's light is more diffuse and … [Continue reading...]

Report from the desert (1)

I've been here in the desert for a couple of days now. The temperature only strays below 100 degrees after the sun goes down, and soon makes its way back up there by around noon the next day. I don't seem to be bothered much by … [Continue reading...]

Merton on Contemplation (2): Contemplative Prayer and Anfechtung

The climate in which monastic prayer flowers is that of the desert, where the comfort of man is absent, where the secure routines of man's city offer no support, and where prayer must be sustained by God in the purity of faith. … [Continue reading...]

Random thoughts on a Monday as I fly to Phoenix

There will be no posts on same-sex marriage this week. Don't you think we all need a break from talking about it? By the way, I know what's going to happen now. You're going to talk about it. But I really wish you wouldn't. If … [Continue reading...]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 28, 2015

Paul made a lot of sin lists. You know, lists of sins. If you’re a preacher or teacher, you’ve probably used Paul’s sin lists a few times as the raw material for a talk or sermon. You’ve walked through the list, one sin at a … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings, June 27, 2015

Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Shall we Ramble? There is some annoyingly serious stuff we need to cover this week. So we will balance it with some weird, medieval paintings thrown in randomly. Not sure weird … [Continue reading...]

Levi Nunnink: A Lutheran layman’s perspective on the Tullian Tchividjian scandal & Liberate

Note from CM: One of the interesting characteristics of evangelicalism is its Disney-like ability to take classic traditions and turn them into palatable fast-food for contemporary audiences. A smart evangelical pastor might be … [Continue reading...]

Is Megachurch Culture Part of the Problem?

I really hope Tullian doesn’t do what Driscoll has done, and get back into ministerial work within the next month or two. He needs to stay home and mend relationships with his family and repair the damage done. He needs to mend … [Continue reading...]

“Touch Me, Lord Jesus”

Yesterday, I was with a black family in the city after their loved one passed. The spouse wasn't home at the time, and the other family members didn't want to let him know until he arrived, for fear it would affect his driving on … [Continue reading...]