November 20, 2017

Losers Who Just Keep Walking

Triumphalism is a terrible thing. I heard an unexpected sermon yesterday from a guest preacher in a church we visited. The church is a traditional old Midwest Protestant congregation, not known, at least in recent memory, for their religious enthusiasm or expressiveness. Sunday’s speaker was from a quite different ecclesiastical milieu. The congregation seemed to […]

How I Became a… (Quiet) Charismatic

Today we continue our series on “How I Became a…”. Last month I discussed how I had become a Theistic-Evolutionist. Two weeks ago I told my story of becoming an Arminian. Today we are continuing the series by looking at how I became a (Quiet) Charismatic. Before telling my story (and before the darts are thrown), […]

The Prophets Speak!

After reading this morning’s post and participating in the discussion, alert reader Randy sent a link to the following article in Charisma, dated yesterday: “Rick Joyner Predicts Destruction of Republic, Third Great Awakening.” The article includes this breathtaking passage: As Joyner sees it, no election is going to fix America’s problems because the system is broken. […]

Mixing It Up, Feathers and All

They have swallowed the Holy Spirit, feathers and all! – attributed to Martin Luther The past couple of weeks have shone a bright spotlight on Texas Senator Ted Cruz, his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and the government shutdown. Methodist pastor Morgan Guyton has written a fascinating portrayal of the theological roots of Cruz’s views […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Sent Out

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are looking at a part of Michael Spencer’s writing and speaking on Mark 6. I accidentally skipped ahead and will be returning to Mark 5 next week.  The material being covered […]

iMonk Classic: A Growing and Awkward Silence

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: This is an older piece — from the early to mid-2000’s —  by Michael Spencer in which he recognizes and laments some of the changes that had taken place in the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement over the years in which he encountered it. Like me, Michael first […]

iMonk Classic: Signs I’m Weary of Weird Christians

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: Here is Michael at his best—forthright, incisive, passionate, hilarious, and clear. I love what he says about the “NORMAL” Christian life. So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?” (John […]

I Don’t Get It (again)

By Chaplain Mike I have to admit it—I don’t get Pentecostalism. Though I have been exposed to charismatic and pentecostal brothers and sisters since the earliest days after my conversion, their approach to the faith and their practices have never, ever rung true to me. Theologically, I am not a cessationist. I don’t think the […]