April 25, 2017

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Feb. 24, 2017

Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences … [Continue reading...]

Adam and the Genome 3: Chapter 2- Genomes as Language, Genomes as Books (Part 1)

Adam and the Genome 3: Chapter 2- Genomes as Language, Genomes as Books (Part 1) We continue our review of the book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight . Today, … [Continue reading...]

Klasie Kraalogies: As Mist Before the Sun: The Slow Relief of Unbelief (2)

AS MIST BEFORE THE SUN: THE SLOW RELIEF OF UNBELIEF By Klasie Kraalogies Part 2 They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half as bad as a lot of ignorance • Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites ⎈ The … [Continue reading...]

Just a “Shell”?

I heard it again today, while attending the death of an elderly woman. "This is not her. What we see here is just the shell. The real her is now in heaven with Jesus and with grandpa." And again a little later. "It's … [Continue reading...]

Another Look: Why Even I Am Welcome at My Church

An imagined , but entirely possible, conversation: Concerned Christian: Chaplain Mike, if you were a pastor, would you allow gays to attend your church? CM: Sure. If they wanted to come to church, why shouldn’t … [Continue reading...]

Sermon: Epiphany VII — How Enemies Become Friends

SERMON: How Enemies Become Friends (Epiphany VII) You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the … [Continue reading...]

Pic & Cantata of the Week (Sexagesima)

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY VII (Sexagesima Sunday) Bach Cantata BWV 18, "For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven" Sexagesima Sunday) is the name for the second Sunday before Ash … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Brunch, February 18, 2017, Stolen Humor Edition

Hello, friends, and welcome to the weekend. Ready for some brunch? This week I am going to unabashedly steal some jokes. Interspersed throughout our brunch, like sips of mimosa, will be some of the best late night humor. … [Continue reading...]

Michael Spencer 101

Note from CM: It occurred to me that some of our newer readers and folks who are passing by might not know that this blog was the brain-child of Michael Spencer, who became known as "The Internet Monk." As you'll see below, the … [Continue reading...]

Adam and the Genome 2: Chapter 1- Evolution as Scientific Theory

Adam and the Genome 2: Chapter 1- Evolution as Scientific Theory We continue our review of the book, Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, by Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight. Today, chapter 1. Dennis … [Continue reading...]