October 21, 2020

Come, People of the Risen King

By Chaplain Mike A song calling the church to come as one to praise Christ, by one of our best contemporary hymn-writers, Stuart Townend, and performed in concert by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church

By Chaplain Mike Note from CM: One of the questions I received for the “Ask Chaplain Mike” series was this: “If you were in the process of becoming a new pastor in an established church, what would your first priority be? How would you arrive at it?” The answer to that question is bigger than […]

Two Churches that Closed Down the “Show”

By Chaplain Mike This week, as we’ve been discussing the church, I have read two intriguing stories of megachurches that began and grew explosively using an attractional, seeker-oriented philosophy of ministry, but then decided that approach was contrary to Jesus’ call to discipleship. So they closed down the “show,” re-ordered their priorities, revamped their programs, […]

iMonk Classic: On the “One True Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 24, 2009 Note from CM: Back in Jan. 2009, Michael wrote a piece called, “Theology, Depression and the Unsolvable Problem of the Right Church.” Today, we present an excerpt from that post for Ecclesia Week. In this essay, the iMonk tries to temper our desire to find […]

Some Things I Believe about the Church (at this point)

By Chaplain Mike As I did with the Bible, I now present five basic points in my thinking about the church. This is by no means an exhaustive list; just a summary of a few of the thoughts that shape my perspectives at this time in my own understanding. I hope they will provide fertile […]

Water, water everywhere…

By Chaplain Mike So, while I’ve been thinking about churches, I thought I would try to get a handle on what congregations meet and minister in my community. First, let me tell you about where I live. It’s a small town in central Indiana, a nice old-fashioned, Midwestern community. The town was founded in 1823. […]

The Parish System

By Chaplain Mike Apparently, American Christians are not the only ones plagued by the spirit of “consumerism” when it comes to their commitment to a local church. This cartoon is taken from the Dave Walker Guide to the Church, published by Canterbury Press. It originally appeared in the Church Times.

Open Mic: What’s a “Biblical” Church?

By Chaplain Mike For our open thread discussion today, I would like to ask you some questions based on a quote I read the other day. I am not going to give the source of the quote because I don’t want to get responses about the person or the ministry or tradition he represents. Suffice […]

Luther on the Marks of the Church

By Chaplain Mike For, thank God, a child seven years old knows what the Church is, namely, the holy believers and lambs who hear the voice of their Shepherd. • Martin Luther, The Smalcald Articles, III.12 In order to deal with the religious controversies that had emerged between Rome and the Protestants, Martin Luther and […]

iMonk Classic: “Basics for the Local Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 13, 2006 Note from Chaplain Mike: For the next week or so, we will have “Ecclesia Week” here on Internet Monk. Our focus will be on discussing some basic perspectives about the Church. Today’s iMonk Classic is excerpted from a post Michael Spencer wrote in January 2006. […]