October 21, 2014

Saturday Ramblings: Simpsons Marathon Edition — August 23, 2014

Good morning, iMonks! If you have cable or satellite and have the FXX network, WHAT ARE YOU DOING READING SATURDAY RAMBLINGS? Why aren't you watching the FXX Simpsons Marathon? For the remainder of the month, basic cable … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: Our Great Big American God

Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity By Matthew Paul Turner Jericho Books (August 19, 2014) • • • Matthew Paul Turner sent me a preview copy of his new book last week (it's now available - … [Continue reading...]

When America Believed In the Bible Alone

It was still “the Bible alone,” as proclaimed during the Reformation, that American Protestants trusted. But it was also “the Bible alone” of all historic religious authorities that survived the antitraditional tide and then … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Ballyard Religion

Note from CM: This was written about a month after Michael Spencer died in 2010. I was coaching my grandson's T-ball team at the time and remembering Michael's love for baseball when I wrote it. It touches on a theme that was also … [Continue reading...]

My So-Called Evangelical Life (2)

In spite of the televangelism scandals and the failed presidential run of Pat Robertson, the evangelical right remained the political and cultural baseline for measuring the status of religion in American public life. The … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: The Coming Evangelical Collapse (3)

Note from CM: Here is the last of the three "Evangelical Collapse" pieces that Michael Spencer wrote five years ago. I think five years provides a good mile marker at which to look at what he said then, how it compares to the … [Continue reading...]

One Big Problem with Evangelical Worship

On his blog and Facebook timeline last week, Tim Challies posted the following picture and quote. In my opinion, it represents a point of view that is a constant problem for evangelical worshipers. Challies represents the new … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings — August 16, 2014

Hello, fellow iMonks. It has been a sad, scary week in the world's news. Iraq. Gaza. Ferguson, Michael Brown. Robin Williams. Ebola. Kevin Ward. Ukraine. Suffering right before our eyes on the TV screen and a whole world of hidden … [Continue reading...]

Another Look at Church Collapse Statistics

I would like to preface this post by saying that I do not have any joy in reporting these statistics. My hope and desire is for vibrant, growing churches, that are an increasingly effective witness in the communities in which … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Evangelicalism as a Way Station

Note from CM: We will continue with Michael Spencer's "Coming Evangelical Collapse" series and get back to an overview of the "Age of Evangelicalism" in the U.S. -- roughly 1970-2008 -- in a day or two. But for today, here's … [Continue reading...]