February 22, 2019

Archives for September 2006

A Monk in Time

Thomas Merton, my hero and mentor, often mused about the irony of being a famous monk. Living in a monastery in the farmland of central Kentucky, Merton had the famous coming out to see him, reporters at the fences and his name in the papers and magazines of the sixties. True to form, the Internet […]

Ruin the Ski Retreat for Jesus

I’m looking at a promotional flyer for a typical American youth ministry ski retreat. I used to get these all the time when I was in the youth ministry biz at large Southern Baptist Churches. I don’t get this much anymore, which probably counts for how I started looking at this one with a different […]

Post-evangelical Worship: The soli deo liturgy

What does a post-evangelical worship gathering look like? This is the soli deo worship service for this coming Tuesday night. The responsive boldface is gone and the formatting is still set for two columns, but it’s all here. We don’t print all song lyrics in the liturgy if we have them on a handout, etc. […]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #21

Internet Monk Radio Podcast 21: Star Trek and fanaticism, Where’s my Apple Bible software?, Osteenia.

What is a “Post Evangelical?” (Part 2)

What I mean by the name “post-evangelical” keeps coming up in discussions. Though I have addressed the meaning of the term in a previous post, I’d like to make some further contributions to the discussion. I want to note, first of all, that the “Truly Reformed” blogosphere is now using the term without any explanation […]

Osteen Redux

As far as this blog goes, Joel Osteen posts have been good business. The largest traffic in the history of IM came from my original posts about “the smiling preacher.” I have it on good authority that, sometime in the near future, my famous Joel Osteen post is going to be getting some large attention. […]

To Know We’re Not Alone

Describing the true nature of Christian experience is an important part of what I want to do with my writing. It’s also one of the things most controversial about this blog and what I’ve chosen to express through it. Some of my past posts have come close to writing the kinds of pieces that I […]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #20

Trying to find the right “tone” for the podcast. Maybe less whistles and bells and a bit more serious.

iMonk Inconsistency: Is PDC A “Movement Accelerator?”

Before I get into this interesting letter and topic that came today, I want to say that I’m well aware that I am open to charges of hypocrisy. That’s been the case for quite a while now. When you’ve written as much as I have for the blogosphere, there’s going to be some interesting juxtapositions […]

The Purpose-Driven Dark Side Finally Shows Up At Baptist Press

It’s about time. I’ve been critical of Baptist Press on a daily basis over at the BHT, so when they do something right, I’m going to speak up. This BP post acknowledging that (stand back!) Rick Warren’s “Purpose Driven Church” methodology is splitting and tearing apart some churches whose pastors “implement” the plan is way […]