March 24, 2018

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 […]

The Choice, The Treasure: Calvinism and the Language of Believing

When I first encountered Calvinism in a Southern Baptist Church, it was with several of my church members criticizing the use of the public invitation. Particularly, they objected strongly to my use of any appeal to “decide” or “choose” in any way. [I generally avoid the use of the public invitation in the way I […]

Riffs: 3:24:07: A “Post-Christian” Confessional at The Parish

BHT fellow Tom Hinkle reposts this confessional piece from a blogger at “The Parish.” If you want to read 1) the TR version of where the emerging church is going or 2) my opinion of what much of evangelical fundamentalism is producing, then this is your piece. It’s a rant, it’s honest, it’s harrowing, it’s […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Scripture Lessons

Josh at eucatastrophe and Pirate (at the BHT) have been writing about the public reading of scripture, something that is strangely absent in the worship and preaching of the vast majority of evangelicals. If you wanted examples of preaching that completely left out the Bible and any reasonable use of it, I could keep you […]

Missional Leaders: Right There All Along?

Hmmmm. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to be cool. Is this the face of the controversial and misunderstood missional church leader we keep talking about? Could it be that “missional” leaders have been right there all along, but our hang-ups on the subjects of culturally compromised churches led by twenty-somethings have fogged our vision? […]

Photoshopping Luther

The longer I observe evangelicals, the more astonished I am that anyone among them could, with a straight face, ever criticize the Roman Catholic church for paying too much attention to “the saints.” The evangelical focus on personalities, past and present, can’t be too far behind any Roman Catholic veneration of the saints. For example, […]

Thoughts on Weekly Communion

In June of last year, I began taking the Lord’s Supper weekly. I’d like to write about what this has meant to me, and to the community of worshipping Christians that I lead. My Southern Baptist tradition has been de-emphasizing the Lord’s Supper for a good deal of its recent history. This has not been […]