October 18, 2019

Good Works Week III: Let’s Discuss What the Bible Says

It’s time for day three of “Good Works Week” here at IM. Or as we like to call it, “Who can Chaplain Mike offend today?” Sunday, I ticked off some of our Lutheran friends. In my naivete I wasn’t aware that just having a discussion about good works equates to promoting works-righteousness. Heck, I’m not […]

Let’s Discuss: Life Change

We need to talk. Running Michael Spencer’s classic essay “When I Am Weak” yesterday raised questions that have been part of the discussion here on Internet Monk for many years. Certain theological terms have always sparked debate here about the nature of the Christian life: Sanctification Transformation Life change Spiritual growth Faith or spiritual formation […]

Let’s Discuss: The Legacy of Paul Crouch and TBN

After having written this, I have to chuckle. Just to clarify: these are my words, not John MacArthur’s… * * * I must admit, I didn’t pay much attention when I heard that Paul Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) had died on Nov. 30. I have dismissed TBN and the world of televangelism for so […]

Let’s Discuss: A Taxing Question

UPDATE 2: Here is a good overview and guide to the clergy housing allowance. UPDATE: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said that this judgment is against the Constitution. “We have seen many courts over the years attempt to banish God in various ways from the public square, but this case in particular reveals a […]

Let’s Discuss: Church and Social Justice Ministries

I encourage you to go and read Ed Stetzer’s piece at CT, “New Research: Protestants Increase Involvement in Social Justice.” Stetzer cites recent research that indicates that Protestant churches in the U.S. are having a growing awareness of and involvement in social justice ministries “aimed at caring for the forgotten, disenfranchised, and oppressed.” I’d like […]

Let’s Discuss: Needing the Whole Body of Christ

I thought we might have an open discussion today on some thoughts by Brian Zahnd. As one who has served in “charismatic flavored evangelicalism,” he found that he had become “arrogantly sectarian,” and that he “needed the riches of the whole church” if his life was to be fully formed in Christ. Click on the […]

What We Should Do

This morning I asked the question, “Where should we draw the line in the sand concerning sexual sin?” The comments to that post have been thoughtful, insightful, challenging. This is a very difficult question, with really no clear answers. Yet it is a topic we cannot ignore. Because of President Obama’s stance on gay marriage, […]

Drawing A Line In The Sand

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.  [John 8:6, NLT] I have a friend—let’s call her Gwen—who is searching for a new church. This is a popular pastime in Tulsa. Church-hopping is an artform for many […]

Let’s Discuss…Open or Closed Communion?

Comments now closed. One of the differences between Christian groups with respect to the Lord’s Supper involves who is invited to participate in the meal. I have experienced many different practices in this regard. I have attended churches in which communion is completely open. “Everyone in this room is welcome to the Lord’s Table,” is […]

Let’s Discuss…The Lord’s Supper

By Chaplain Mike One of our most popular posts this year so far was our discussion of baptism back in May. It’s time for another. Today, I’d like our iMonk community to weigh in on another primary sacrament (or ordinance) of the Christian Church. Whether we call it Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, or […]