October 19, 2017

Tell Me About Your Day

By Chaplain Mike OK, so here is a brief report of some of the stories I heard on a recent day of visiting hospice patients and their families. (Details have been changed.) In the morning I visited an older man I have come to love. He has a strong faith and contagiously positive spirit. He’s […]

Why I Am an “Egalitarian”

By Chaplain Mike Comments are now closed. Thanks to all who participated in an invigorating discussion. To be continued… One issue that came up in our recent series on The New Calvinism was that of the role of women in the church. The TNC position (as well as that of others) is generally complementarian, favorable […]

iMonk Classic: Dumb Up, Brother: A Spirituality of Ignorance

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 27, 2007 Somewhere in the backlogs of this web site I recounted what it was like being on staff at a church full of seminary students. Everyone knew so much that we had real difficulty doing anything- like buying stamps- without endless debate. Of course, there […]

It Is Happening

By Chaplain Mike Although the church of Jesus Christ is found in many different places, she is one true church, not many. After all, there are many rays of sunlight, but only one sun. A tree has many boughs, each slightly different from others, but all drawing their strength from one source. Many streams may […]

The Sad State of Pastoral Thinking

By Chaplain Mike Every time I think I see a ray of hope in the evangelical church, I come across some pablum that reminds me how many asylums across the land have been taken over by the inmates. Take this recent example of pastoral “insight” from Perry Noble, published in the Christian Post. Please. The […]

Opinion: Are We “At Our Courageous Best”?

By Chaplain Mike At their courageous best, clergy lead where people aren’t asking to go, because that’s how the range of issues that concern them expands, and how a holy community gets formed. • G. Jeffrey MacDonald How wonderful to open the New York Times Sunday edition this week and find a thoughtful word of […]

“What About Bob?” and Christian Ministry

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Note from Chaplain Mike: Dan has been a good friend for nearly 25 years, and a great partner in ministry. He is pastor of Franklin Community Church in Franklin, IN. He will be one of our new Liturgical Gangstas, who should reappear here at IM in August. Welcome, Daniel! Is […]

A Ray of Hope in South Florida

By Chaplain Mike No, this isn’t about LeBron James, for heaven’s sake. It’s about a pastor that I admire more every time I read something about him or by him, or hear him speak. You may not be able to pronounce his name, but you will appreciate his message. He is Tullian Tchividijian, and he […]

Open Mic: Joel Hunter on Difficult Subjects in Church

Presented by Chaplain Mike The following is a brief video presentation by Pastor Joel Hunter of Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida. Though it was published by BioLogos, this video is not about issues of science and faith, except by application. It deals more generally with the subject of how pastors, churches, and church […]

Skye Jethani on “The Daisy Cutter Doctrine” of Ministry

Presented by Chaplain Mike One of today’s most clear-sighted Christian leaders talks about where our legitimacy in ministry comes from. Quotes to Remember: What I call the “Daisy Cutter Doctrine” is a lie that I think a lot of us in ministry have fallen into, which is the belief that the larger the impact of […]