December 12, 2019

Where to Draw the Line?

Happy International Women’s Day! The church that I attend has been going through a series entitled “Her Story” which details why it is so important to have women in leadership in the church. The sessions are really worth watching (or listening to if that is your preference). Here is what we have covered so far: […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Shopping the Whole Mall

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Shopping the Whole Mall (2007) It started innocently enough. His name was Tim, and he was a Christian at my high school. There weren’t many of us, and we made friends despite those denominational differences that were supposed to matter so much. Tim invited me to a charismatic prayer meeting at […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 5 – Crab-Apple Rhubarb Jam, and why part of me never left the Evangelical world

Lately I have been in a creative phase where I have enjoyed making boutique jams. I have make thirty seven jars of Black-raspberry, chokecherry, wild grape, wild grape – chokecherry, or crab-apple rhubarb at various times over the summer and fall. Recently I was visiting my parents home about an hour away. I noticed that […]

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 4 – My Pastor’s not a Heretic… Phew!

Well it’s official. The Gospel Coalition do not consider my Pastor a heretic. I don’t think I would have gotten off so lightly. I haven’t really talked about where I have been attending church the last few years, but what was intended to be a temporary location to place my butt on a Sunday morning […]

Why I am an Ally – My View

Well, it has been an interesting few Fridays discussing this topic. After much deliberation I have decided to wrap it up with this post. Thank you for all the feedback and all the comments. Thank you also to my Pastoral friends who took the time to give me their thoughts. I apologize that I have […]

Why I am an Ally – Ministry That Helps

I have been blessed with a significant number of friends who are, or have been, Pastors and leaders within their churches. These are men and women that I respect and hold in high regard. Most of them are Canadian, and most of them are what I would term “moderate evangelicals”. My moderate I would mean […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 6 – When your views don’t match

Welcome to part six in the series.  If you would like to catch up on other posts in this series, or on anything else I have written, Internet Monk keeps them all here. When your views don’t match Two weeks ago we had some questions from JohnB. I rephrased his questions and put them so […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 5 – My Conversation with Geoff

Welcome to part five in the series.  If you would like to catch up on other posts in this series, or on anything else I have written, Internet Monk keeps them all here. My Conversation with Geoff Six years ago I received Birthday greetings from Geoff, a former work colleague. He wrote: Michael, Happy Birthday. […]

Another Look: Mark

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? • James 2:5, NRSV • • • We stood and sat on a quiet green spot at the cemetery under sunny blue […]

Why I am an Ally – Part 4

A Look at Leviticus 18 and Act 15. In the last three posts we introduced some of the people I have met in my life journey, discussed Romans 1 & 2, and looked at the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Today we want to take a rather different look at Leviticus 18 and Acts 15. […]