October 23, 2017

iMonk 101: Pentecost- The Third Great Day.

This is a reprint of an essay I did last year on Pentecost. Since I’ll be hearing nothing about Pentecost in church tomorrow, but about Memorial Day instead, I want to be sure and mark it at home and here on the blog. For a great essay on Pentecost full of material for preaching, visit […]

Five Good Thoughts About Evangelicals

Since I’m newly installed in my permanent pew near the back row of my local SBC church, I’ve been trying to think good thoughts about evangelicals. Given the history of this blog and the general tone of my thinking about Christianity, this has taken some discipline. It’s been remarkable, however, how quickly I have remembered […]

Riffs: 05:12:07: John Dennis on the Life He Didn’t Live…Because He Lived the “Christian” Life

This post is really going to annoy a lot of you, but I want to remind you that this web site is about provocative thinking and writing to get you vitally connected to Jesus. Sometimes, the only way to HEAR something, to really HEAR IT, is to hear it in a way that offends you, […]

Robert Webber is Gone

UPDATE: Trevin Wax has an interview with Dr. Webber. UPDATE 2: David Fitch has a personal tribute. The tireless reclaimer of the Great Tradition and the man who gave post-evangelicalism meaning for thousands of us, is gone to be with the Lord. He passed Friday after a recent serious illness. His book The Majestic Tapestry, […]

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: How Generational Insights Have Gone Overboard

Nothing has been more common in the various debates regarding the future of evangelicalism than the prevalence of generational characteristics put forward as absolute law. In fact, the word “generation,” a good Bible word that emphasized both continuity and discontinuity, has come to mean a kind of discontinuity that renders the average church helpless to […]

Who and What are Forming You?

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 Merton. I’m not attracted to Catholicism, but I am very much attracted to the tradition of self-conscious, disciplined spiritual formation into a disciple […]

All the Little Reasons That Matter Too Much: Thoughts on Christian Unity

When you’ve been in the same ministry for fifteen years, experiences tend to repeat themselves. It’s deja vu, only for real. I’m going to tell you about one of those experiences. New staff are always excited about being in Christian service with other believers. Sometimes in those first few weeks, they will look me up. […]

Stupid Evangelical Tricks: Two Ways to Do Church

I’ve been opining about worship music for a long time. One of my favorite IM essays on the subject is “Looney Tunes: The Goofy Theology of Some Worship Leaders.” But you don’t have to go to the extreme to find some fairly weird assertions about music and Christians. Take Rick Warren’s famous assertion that worship […]

Stupid Evangelical Tricks: Five

It’s been a while since I did an old-school “iMonk-rants-about-evangelicals” post, but all of them are still there in the essays department. Someone could assume- wrongly, I assure you- that those criticisms all came from the days when I was a Calvinist, and now that I’ve jumped off that bus, I have no problems with […]

Roxburgh Journal Interview with Mike Goheen + Resources

In my continuing attempt to help others understand the missional church conversation, I’m finding some great resources on Allelon’s web site. This Roxburgh journal interview with Missiologist and church planter Mike Goheen is full of rich insights and lots of helpful ways to see how the missional church and the traditional church can become the […]