September 21, 2018

“For you we face death all day long”

By Chaplain Mike A current article in Foreign Policy magazine by Eden Naby and Jamsheed K. Chosky makes the following startling observation: There is now an alarming possibility that there will be no significant Christian communities in Iraq or Iran by century’s end. The statistics are sobering: The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that […]

Open Mic: Election Day

By Chaplain Mike I have a mantra: “I am about the most a-political person you will ever meet.” That’s why we don’t talk much about the subject here on Internet Monk. Generally, I have little interest in politics, except on a pragmatic level. I like to think that’s a theologically valid perspective. As Paul wrote, […]

Al Mohler Is Right. Now What?

By Chaplain Mike Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, icon of the conservative and Calvinistic resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, and public voice of the Christian right in America’s culture war, is not someone with whom I normally identify. However, this time I think he got it exactly right. In […]

“What if this was what Muslims thought of Christians?”

To say the least, it has been an interesting week for the West and its relationship with Islam. Friend of iMonk Michael Bell sent this to us the other day. It was written by a friend with a ministry to Muslims in North America. The Islamic holy days of Ramadan ended Friday, and here is […]

iMonk Classic: My September 11, 2001

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted in September, 2001 Of course, it’s far from over, but it has been a week like no other in the memory of anyone who wasn’t old enough to be aware of what happened in November, 1963. Yes, our children will remember this week. They will measure their […]

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 […]

A Jesus-Shaped Challenge

A passage from Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality struck me as I was reading it recently.  I’m going to offer it to all you faithful denizens of the Internet Monastery to consider. Here’s a simple example.  Think about yourself if you had just spent three years with Jesus.  How […]

Health Care in America—What to Do at the End of Life?

By Chaplain Mike As you may know, I work as a hospice chaplain. Our service specializes in caring for people who are in the final season of life. A multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals provides medical and personal care, psycho-social care, and spiritual care for our patients and support to their families. In order to […]

American Patriotic Christianity: A Canadian Perspective

By Michael Bell This past month we celebrated both Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on July 4th. This inspired some thoughts about getting some Canadian perspectives on “American Patriotic Christianity”. As I am the lone Canadian writer at Internet Monk, I gathered up seven of my Canadian, primarily “unchurched” friends, to get […]

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright’s Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that attention. If you are looking for a book that gives an easy to read, yet comprehensive assessment of the status […]