May 19, 2019

iMonk Classic: Lessons from a Lousy Referee

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 13, 2008 Note from CM: Since this is our national sports “holy week,” I thought I’d re-post one of Michael’s rare excursions into the use of sports to illustrate a spiritual point. I’m not usually the guy with sports illustrations, but this one couldn’t be passed up. […]

Children’s Sermon: Jesus’ Blessing Is Here for You

By Chaplain Mike I like the children’s sermon in a worship service. Many have suggested that adults usually get more out of it than they do the pastor’s sermon! I’ve heard my share of them over the years, good and bad. The best ones were simple, short, and directed to the imagination. It’s obviously wise […]

Fear Not, Little Flock

By Chaplain Mike Last Sunday, my wife and I entered the side door of the old church building. The small entryway had a few steps that led up to two vintage oak doors. The one on the left led to the back corner of the sanctuary. Next to it, the right door led to an […]

Ajith Fernando on Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike In contrast to the “Disneyized” bigger, better, event and attraction oriented approach of much that we call “ministry” today, there are pastors who understand the importance of daily faithfulness, quiet consistency, regular personal interaction with those in their congregations, and ministry activities like pastoral visitation and encouraging people to fulfill their vocations […]

Peterson on Jesus as the Way

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, in the light of our “Disney-ization” post, a friend reminded me of an interview Eugene Peterson did with Christianity Today’s Mark Galli back in 2005 called, “Spirituality for All the Wrong Reasons.” This discussion between two of my favorite writers examines the “Jesus way” of living the spiritual life vs. various […]

Guest Post: A Woman in Ministry

MOD NOTE: Angie merely summarized her position on women in ministry in this post. If you want to see a full expression of my Biblical position on egalitarianism, read “Why I Am an Egalitarian,” which  I wrote in Sept. This will enable you to see the relevant Biblical texts without having to rehash them all […]

Tell Me About Your Day

By Chaplain Mike OK, so here is a brief report of some of the stories I heard on a recent day of visiting hospice patients and their families. (Details have been changed.) In the morning I visited an older man I have come to love. He has a strong faith and contagiously positive spirit. He’s […]

Why I Am an “Egalitarian”

By Chaplain Mike Comments are now closed. Thanks to all who participated in an invigorating discussion. To be continued… One issue that came up in our recent series on The New Calvinism was that of the role of women in the church. The TNC position (as well as that of others) is generally complementarian, favorable […]

iMonk Classic: Dumb Up, Brother: A Spirituality of Ignorance

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 27, 2007 Somewhere in the backlogs of this web site I recounted what it was like being on staff at a church full of seminary students. Everyone knew so much that we had real difficulty doing anything- like buying stamps- without endless debate. Of course, there […]

It Is Happening

By Chaplain Mike Although the church of Jesus Christ is found in many different places, she is one true church, not many. After all, there are many rays of sunlight, but only one sun. A tree has many boughs, each slightly different from others, but all drawing their strength from one source. Many streams may […]