July 18, 2019

Archives for August 2011

R. C. Sproul Jr. Says, “Take Off the Gloves”

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: As many readers have pointed out, the column at Ligonier was written by R.C. Sproul, Jr., not his father. Forgive my sloppy reading. I still find the fact that this was posted on the Ligonier website encouraging. * * * I have always liked R.C. Sproul and benefited from Ligonier Ministry […]

Wednesday Morning

By Chaplain Mike Monday, he spent five or six hours with a friend whose spouse, also a friend, had died. He sat while the grieving husband puttered and dealt with details. He made small talk, answered a few questions, and waited for an OK to call the funeral home. Tuesday, he attended another death, this […]

What We Could Have Heard on Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Instead of worship songs like the one we talked about this morning, how appropriate would the following Bach cantata have been in worship last Sunday, as Hurricane Irene was cutting her path of devastation up the east coast of the U.S.? As we remembered our brothers and sisters in the world’s troubled […]

Someone Has to Put a Foot Down

By Chaplain Mike I haven’t really offended anyone for awhile, but I’m pretty sure that streak stops with this one. Sorry, but somebody must speak up and draw a line somewhere when it comes to what some call “worship” music. Today, I’m writing about one song. Churches everywhere sing it these days. Many, many well-known […]

IM Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels

By Chaplain Mike In my opinion, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope, by Trevin Wax, represents the best kind of thinking and presentation that evangelicalism has to offer the broader church today at a level that pastors and serious laypeople can appreciate and find useful. It is written in […]

A Taste of Fullness

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (9) We missed a week in our Ruth study and this morning it is time to go back to Bethlehem to find out what is happening. What have we seen so far? A family from Israel, forced to move to Moab in a […]

The Gospel: Jesus Instead of Us

By Chaplain Mike It was my plan to review Trevin Wax’s book, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope, here today. However, we are traveling in Chicago this weekend and other events prevented me from being able to complete my full review. I will post it tomorrow afternoon instead. For […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (10): A Great (the Greatest?) Gospel Hymn

By Chaplain Mike From The Center for Church Music, here is the story of today’s hymn, perhaps the greatest hymn about the evangelical conversion experience ever written: Charles Wesley, founder of the movement known as Methodism with his brother, John, was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1735. However, three years […]

iMonk Classic: The “Absent Gospel” Series (2)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Nov, 2009 As part of our “Gospel Week” emphasis, we are reviewing Michael Spencer’s series on “My Strange Experiences with an Absent Gospel” from November of 2009. Today, parts three and four. • • • My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3) I’ve […]

Saturday Ramblings 8.27.11

This is the “batten down the hatches” edition of Saturday Ramblings. If you are living on the east coast from North Carolina upwards, read this quickly, and then go get ready for the big blow. And let us know if you are in the path of this great storm. We will be praying for your […]