July 16, 2020

What Do I Mean by Post-Evangelical?

My son Clay asked me the other day, “What do you mean by post-evangelical?” That deserves a good answer. Let’s start with this: By evangelical, I do not mean, as some on the Internet have labored to prove, a line of Christianity extending from the Reformation through Calvinism to a handful of modern day independent […]

Driscoll Reruns

Since Mark Driscoll clearly bothers some people to the point of issuing ultimatums and accusations that are utterly fantastic- like claiming Driscoll started Emergent and is to blame for all its worst tendencies- I’ll rerun my piece on “Why Mark Driscoll Bothers You,” plus a few other relevant oldies but goodies. Read “Why Mark Driscoll […]

The Boat in the Backyard: A Father’s Depression and a Boy Who Finally Understands

This piece about my dad, and how his depression impacted my life, is a statement of my faith in Jesus Christ, the one whose Gospel gives hope to dads and sons everywhere. This is the story of how I was robbed, and blessed, at the same time, by the same man. And how God gives […]

A Guide For The Cussin’ Christian by leif rigney

With all the discussion of the horrors of bad language being tossed around the reformed Baptist watchblogosphere these days, I hate to tell everyone that the final word on this matter was written long ago, in the dim mists of time that began this blog. Yes, one leif “Eric” rigney penned “A Guide For The […]

Serious About Merton?

Then we discover what the spiritual life really is. It is not a matter of doing one good thing rather than another, of praying in one way rather than in another. It is not a matter of any special psychological effect in our own soul. It is the silence of our whole being in compunction […]

A Conversation In God’s Kitchen

I am reprinting this essay by request and in order to get it into the search engine. If I were writing this today, a few things would be changed, but it is still by best contribution in regard to my own belief about the nature of Christian scripture. Another helpful essay is “Magic Books, Grocery […]

“Does The Story Matter?” Revisited

The following essay comes from December of 2004. It is copyrighted, and may not be used except by permission and in its entirety. Do our individual stories matter? It’s an important, humanizing question that I believe Jesus answered profoundly in his ministry. Does The Story Matter?

The Return of “No Voices In My Head”

I’m tired of small potatos. We might as well get to the big dog of these “hearing voices” post. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome Mr. Bill Mckinnon to the stage for tonight’s main course, “No Voices In My Head.” Mr. Mackinnon may, or may not, respond to your comments. If he does, just remember that he […]

Signs Redux: I’m Weary of Weird Christians

Looks like a three-year old iMonk classic is stirring ’em up out there in the blogosphere, so I think it deserves to see the light of day here in the big show. So here is one of my favorite essays: “Signs: (I’m Weary of Weird Christians.)” Continue Reading “Signs.”

The Preeminent Question

Update: Those of you who like this post would probably enjoy reading four previous IM essays, all hopefully helpful on this topic. A Conversation In God’s Kitchen: Thoughts About The Bible On Christless Preaching A Simple Statement on the Inspiration of the Bible Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs While discussing the doctrine of […]