September 21, 2020

A Few iMonk Gems (2)

A Few iMonk Gems (2) We have become people who must be in a crowd or at a special event to feel we have fellowshipped with God or known the power of the Spirit. We must have products to buy to feel we are following Jesus. We must decorate our cars, walls and bodies with […]

A Few iMonk Gems (1)

A Few iMonk Gems (1) The Gospel is not about how wonderful the church is or how dynamic the pastor is or how friendly the people are. If that is all true, word will get out, trust me. If you have to put it on a billboard or an ad or video, it’s spin. And […]

A bad man is in the house

A Bad Man Is In The House And one peace loving, non-confrontational Christian thinks we can’t ignore him. by Eric Rigney I don’t usually weigh in on political topics in this space. I prefer to leave such ruminations to the more politically savvy, such as the Monk himself. I am more of a philosophical (sometimes […]

The Two Faces of Parental Involvement

The Two Faces of Parental Involvement by Steve McFarland Dr. Doolittle made famous an animal likened unto a llama only with two heads. As I recall it was known in Doolittle books as a “Push Me – Pull You”. In order for one end of the animal to go in a forward motion, the other […]

Leave your seat, leave your sin (part 3)

“Leave Your Seat. Leave Your Sin” Part III It’s all good? Hardly. How the invitation has corrupted evangelicalism. by Michael Spencer Occasional abuse does not render a thing evil. This is common sense and evident to any reasonable person. Defenders of the public invitation are usually congenial about admitting to its abuse, yet they are […]

Leave your seat, leave your sin (part 2)

“Leave Your Seat. Leave Your Sin” Part II It’s all good? Hardly. How the invitation has corrupted evangelicalism. by Michael Spencer When I say that the public invitation isn’t in the Bible, my fellow Christians look as me as if I have just evidenced severe dementia. How could something that is so much a part […]

Leave your seat, leave your sin (part 1)

“Leave Your Seat. Leave Your Sin” How the public invitation has corrupted evangelical Christianity Part 1: A view from the aisle seat. by Michael Spencer Our state Baptist newspaper arrived this morning, with a familiar picture dominating the front page. An evangelist- in this instance Rick Gage- is standing on a stage with hundreds of […]

In love with Jesus?

In Love With Jesus? Come follow me, and I will make you all mushy by Michael Spencer Jesus, I am so in love with You -Matt Redman And I’m madly in love with You (x4) Let what we do in here, fill the streets out there. Let us dance for you (x2) All of my […]

Defeat by embarrassment

Defeat by Embarrassment Why Are Conservatives Ignoring a Slam Dunk on Immigration Reform? by Michael Spencer Imagine a political issue that could unite a conservative coalition well beyond the one that supported Ronald Reagan. An issue that bypasses questions of religion and social morality, and unites voters around a practical matter that anyone can understand. […]

Bad Medicine

Bad Medicine Firing missionaries for not signing a bad confession was a big mistake. by Michael Spencer The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 A little history Back in the mid 1980’s I was a good Southern Baptist moderate/liberal. I was in no shape, form or fashion the person I am today in my thinking about […]