July 18, 2019

Archives for August 2009

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: What Would You Say to the Marilyn Manson Audience?

First read the story of Christian protestors at a Marilyn Manson concert. (Slow…be patient) Then, savor the irony: If you read Manson’s biography, he’s the product of Christian parenting and fundamentalist education. Marilyn Manson was born as Brian Hugh Warner in Canton, Ohio, the son of Barb Wyer and Hugh Jack Warner. His father was […]

From the Classic iMonk Archives (2002): I Have My Doubts

Not a piece on atheism, but an honest recounting of doubt and faith in my life. From 2002. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”- Mark 9:24 Let’s start with bugs. Bugs have always….well…bugged me. They bite me. Wasps hate me. Mosquitoes swarm around me. Gnats head […]


I received two letters this week from friends/readers asking for input and advice on relating to atheists in their workplace/families. It brought to mind a number of things I’ve been wanting to say about evangelicals and their take on atheism. When I was growing up in a fundamentalist Baptist church, the face of atheism was […]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #154

This week: Pushing the theological diversity envelope. Should I let my enemies have a shot at me? Comments to a family whose son has become an atheist. Support the IM sponsors: New Reformation Press. Reformation theology for everyone. Rockbridge Seminary. Family, ministry and online seminary all coming together. E3 Sudan is church planting and training […]

The IM Weekend File: 08:28:09

And so it begins. I don’t know if Kentucky is the first Baptist State Convention to see the handwriting on the wall, but I am very, very proud of our executive board for stepping up to the plate and starting the process of saying, essentially, “we are ready to make changes to see more resources, […]

Dr. Timothy George on The Baptist View of the Lord’s Supper

UPDATE: Dr. George has an article at Christianity Today this week: What Baptists Can Learn From Calvin. As a student at Southern Seminary in the early 80’s, I was blessed beyond measure to have a young, brilliant and engaging church history professor named Dr. Timothy George. I’ve long admired Dr. George and his teaching on […]

I know this doesn’t happen, but….

No snark intended here Catholic and Orthodox friends. Just a story worth telling. I know this doesn’t happen….but this time it did. I’ve been teaching Ethiopian Orthodox students for most of two decades here at our ministry. We have about 20 of them a year and I get all of them who stay through graduation […]

I’m a Little Confused About Being “Gospel-Centered”

For the past couple of years, the term “Gospel centered” has become ubiquitous in the blogosphere. And as the use of this term has become more and more common, I’ve become less and less certain that its meaning is simply….being Gospel centered. I’m not saying that it means something other than Gospel centered or something […]

Reader Reviews: Andrew Marin’s Love Is An Orientation

A few weeks ago, IM reader Chris Giammona made it possible for 20 IM readers to receive a free copy of Andrew Marin’s significant and helpful book, Love Is An Orientation. As a condition for receiving the book, each reader agreed to write a brief response. Here are the first five of those responses. The […]

The Evangelical Liturgy 6: The Call to Worship

“Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts. Worship the Lord in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.” Let […]