July 19, 2019

Archives for August 2007

Recommendation and Review: Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron

There’s a place in Ian Morgan Cron’s Chasing Francis where his spiritually-brokedown-now-on-pilgrimage pastor protagonist returns, looks his congregation in the eye and says “When I left here, I wasn’t sure what a Christian looked like anymore. My idea of how to follow Jesus had run out of gas.” The characters may be (barely) fictional, but […]

Dear CBD: Why the endorsement of Joel Osteen?

UPDATE III: While we wait for CBD to apologize, we can all play Oprah or Osteen. UPDATE II: Can anyone in a Lifeway Store or working for Lifeway confirm that Lifeway is selling this book? Please tell me it isn’t true. If TIME Magazine can tell us this fraud is a prosperity preaching wolf in […]

IMonk 101: A Generous Catholicity

Here’s an essay from the archives that discusses that part of post-evangelicalism some find the most obnoxious: the confession that I believe in the catholic church and a catholic Christianity. It’s called “A Generous Catholicity.” With discussions of ecclesiology beginning to heat up in Southern Baptist life and among the many new church leaders looking […]

No Riffs/Just Read: Jared Wilson on the “Cool/Uncool” Christian Videos

It’s not often that I don’t have anything to say, but I would insult you to try and add to anything my brother Jared Wilson says in this post lamenting the “cool Christian/uncool Christian” video ads used by some churches. This is raw, honest, real stuff. It’s the lament for and about the gospel we […]

Coffee Cup Apologetics 18

“Will God punish people forever in hell?” In this last segment, I talk about how to not get cornered by the usual traps in this question. Coffee Cup Apologetics now has its own website: ccapologetics.wordpress.com All the episodes of Coffee Cup Apologetics are now on iTunes. Go to iTunes and search for “Apologetics.”

Recommendations and Reviews: Brand Jesus by Tyler Wigg Stevenson

How do you know I like this book? I spent three hours writing the review, hit publish and WordPress promptly ate it. I’m rewriting it. Tyler Wigg Stevenson is a writer, preacher and political activist with credentials as wide-ranging as a Yale Divinity M.Div., a year as an assistant to John Stott and being part […]

Mother Teresa and the Mystery of God’s Absence

UPDATE: I am not going to publish comments claiming that Roman Catholics are not Christians. Critics- atheistic, fundamentalist, truly reformed and those too correct to be labeled- will probably go completely bonkers with pleasure at the revelation that Mother Teresa struggled with the dark night of the soul much of her life and ministry. In […]

Riffing On Me: Jared Wilson’s “The Hard Stuff of Real Lives.”

I don’t usually link people who riff on my work, but I have tremendous respect for Jared at Gospel Driven Church, and his use of one of my better pieces “To Know We’re Not Alone,” is a real honor. Take a moment and read “The Hard Stuff of Real Lives.” I want you to read […]

The Eugene Peterson Book That Turned My World Upside Down

I’d read Eugene Peterson for a while in his IVP Old Testament books when I purchased and read a book on pastoral ministry called Working the Angles. Wow. No book in my library is more underlined. This is what I needed to hear in seminary. It’s what I needed to hear from older men in […]

iMonk 101: A Parable for our Church-Growth, Seeker-Sensitive Friends

iMonk 101 reruns posts from the IM archives. This is the first “parable” post I ever did at IM. (I actually wrote it back when I was on michaelspencer.us.) “A Parable for Our Church-Growth, Seeker-Sensitive Friends.” This kind of story illustrates what happens to us when “boredom” becomes the big problem, and we take the […]