October 26, 2014

Case Study: What’s a Parishioner to Do?

Today, I present a case study for your discussion. Here is the situation: You are a member of a small to medium-sized mainline Protestant church, and have been active and involved, particularly in one certain ministry of the … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Who and What Are Forming You?

A classic IM post by Michael Spencer from April, 2007. Every time I feel like I have lost my way in the Christian life, I find myself back looking at monasticism, and the lessons I learned in two decades of reading Thomas … [Continue reading...]

Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1)

Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. • Proverbs 9:1 Though separated by over two and a half millennia, the authors of ancient Scripture and numerous scientists of today find themselves caught up in a world … [Continue reading...]

Sunday Formation Talk: Monastic Practices

. . . the following reflections on the basic elements of our daily life spring from a belief that the ordinary things we do every day constitute our normal monastic path to God. • Fr. Charles Cummings For Sundays from now … [Continue reading...]

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...]