December 11, 2019

The River is Deep; The River is Wide: How I Made My Peace With The Roman Catholic Church

NOTE: This piece is similar to an essay on Catholicism I wrote two years ago, but the differences are significant. Read them both. There has been some evolution in the meantime. My apologies to the Catholic bashers who will get upset at this piece. Maybe you shouldn’t read it. I was born in 1956, so […]

Read it again…and don’t skip the hard parts

Let’s be honest. A lot of Christians have no idea what to do with the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry. What does it mean? What does it have to do with evangelism, church growth and “having a great life now?”

Looney Tunes: The Whacked Out, Whipped Up, Wholly Scary Theology of the Praise and Worship Movement

In our journey back through the IM archives, we must deal with the Monk’s contradictory attitude towards contemporary Praise and Worship music. Does he hate it? If so, why does he have a warehouse of the stuff at the house? Why is he listening to it, even as he types? The answer, my faithful readers, […]

I Just Couldn’t Look Away: The Crazed, Cranky, Captivating Christianity of Dr. Gene Scott

I doubt that many Internet Monk readers watched or listened to Dr. Gene Scott. His passing this week made me sad, but it also made me reflect on how bland evangelicalism has become, and what a shot of hard whiskey Gene Scott was for the thirty years he broadcast his strange and wonderful program around […]

Fighting Words: What happens when we abandon the vocabulary of faith.

I was viewing the web site of a church a friend was visiting, when I saw the current sermon series was entitled “Finding the Sweet Spot in Your Spiritual Life.” Compulsory video clip of the pastor with a golf pro, borrowing the language of golf to try and communicate the message of the Christian life. […]

Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life.

A Pentecostal evangelist visited our chapel this week, and as I listened to his uh….sermon, I reviewed in my mind some of the things that I have come to believe about the Bible and how those things now influence my faith. So I don’t know if this will impress you, but I am going to […]

Wretched Urgency: The Grace of God or Hamsters On A Wheel?

I haven’t done the official totals, but it is obvious to me that “Wretched Urgency” is the IM essay that seems to describe the experiences and feelings of most of the people who say they like what I write. I even think the title may qualify as a “brand!” Time for the “Wretched Urgency” store! […]

The Method In The Madness: The Mystery of Joel Osteen

“This is my Bible. I am what it says I am, I have what it says I have, I can do what it says I can do. Today I’ll be taught the Word of God. I boldly confess my mind is alert, my heart is receptive, I’ll never be the same, in Jesus name.”– Congregational […]

Those Know-Nothing Evangelicals

Over the past five years I have written a number of things that build a basic “iMonk” critique of evangelicalism. If you missed the basic class, there’s no reason you should be left out. Therefore, I present….reruns of some of my better work. Let’s find out why high profile American Evangelicals have decided to go […]

Contemporary Worship and the Walnut Street Epiphany

“Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of […]