December 18, 2018

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Randy Thompson: Advent — Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage

Advent: Waiting for the Lights to Come on in a Power Outage By Randy Thompson Winter has arrived early here in our part of New Hampshire.  On the plus side, the final stages of leaf raking and fall clean-up were taken care of  by the snow.  However. . . We’ve had three significant snow falls […]

Pete Enns: What Is The Bible? A Question Inerrancy Can’t Answer

What Is The Bible? A Question Inerrancy Can’t Answer By Pete Enns I deeply respect Scripture, but I am not an inerrantist. I have several reasons for this, but it comes down to two things: The Bible as a whole (rather than a prooftext or two) doesn’t support inerrancy. The history of Jewish and Christian […]

Matt B. Redmond on Lessons Learned from Eugene Peterson

Note from CM: Eugene Peterson died yesterday. He was the pastor’s pastor, and a delightful, important subversive voice in today’s church culture. Peterson was my pastoral hero and (book-)mentor. One of my greatest regrets is knowing that he pastored in the town where I lived while a teenager and I never attended his church. I […]

Monday with Richard Beck: Christian Assertions about Evil

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for giving permission to re-post his thoughts about what the Christian faith says about evil. This is actually part two of a two-part post at his blog, Experimental Theology, and if you want to read more about the first two assertions, follow the link in this post to […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II

Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II by J. Michael Jones The Implications of our View on the Material on our View of Nature. While Platonic Dualism found a welcoming home within the Church, the Rousseauian view of nature (I’m using nature here as a sub category under material) has completely swept western […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part I

Note from CM: Today we welcome yet another “Mike” to our group of iMonk authors. J. Michael Jones. Mike blogs at J. Michael Jones, where you can also find information about his books. Here is a brief bio: J. Michael Jones lives with his wife, Denise, in Anacortes, Washington. They have five grown children. For […]

Scott Lencke: Can Women Be Church Leaders? The NT Household Codes

Note from CM: Gender issues continue to provoke lively debate within the evangelical churches. Scott Lencke takes up the subject again for us today, reminding us in the process that how one approaches and reads the Bible plays a crucial role in understanding matters like this. Scott blogs at The Prodigal Thought. After reading this, […]

Jonathan Aigner — Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here

Farewell, Willow Creek: Where the “Regular” Churches Can Go From Here by Jonathan Aigner It looks like the beginning of the end at Willow Creek. They aren’t saying that, but I feel like that’s what’s happening. If so, good riddance. And you can take the megachurch movement you spawned with you. I’m sorry if I […]

Randy Thompson: Cisterns that Hold No Water — An OT Meditation on Political Power

Note from CM: I will be retreating this week to work on my book. You will be treated to a feast of thoughts from our IM writers, who have graciously submitted some poignant, thought-provoking, and discussion-inducing pieces. Throughout each day, I will be checking for comments that get held by the moderation system, but it […]

Richard Rohr: Thisness

Note from CM: Each day I receive meditations from Richard Rohr. I found Sunday’s article quite insightful, and hope you will too. • • • Irreplaceable “Thisness” Each mortal thing does one thing and the same; Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying what I do […]