April 21, 2019

Thoughts about Women in Ministry

A recent iMonk Classic mentioned the issue of women in ministry.  I thought I’d take it up. Armor?  Check. Shield, gas mask, safety glasses, earplugs?  Check. Here goes. First of all, I won’t say anything about Bible passages dealing with women’s roles in the church.  Everyone who cares about the issues knows them, and yet […]

Update: Easter Morning…for Ted

By Chaplain Mike WARNING: As you read this update, the sound you will hear is the voice of cynicism. With a bit of sarcasm thrown in. As well as a healthy dose of antipathy. If I didn’t think the evidence deserves this kind of response, I would stay quiet. But this is bad news, a […]

The Comeback Kid?

By Chaplain Mike Americans love a comeback story. Don’t we? And Christians believe in the God of second (and third and fourth…etc.) chances. Don’t we? Yesterday in Saturday Ramblings, Jeff noted and commented on Ted Haggard’s return to ministry. Ted Haggard’s “surprise announcement” was anything but a surprise. He is planning to launch a new […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (2) Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Part three of a four-part series. Chaplain Mike the Pastor I have been in pastoral ministry since 1978, when I graduated from Bible college. I served as an assistant pastor in my home church (Southern Baptist) the summer after I graduated from Bible college. For five years, I was the pastor of […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: You can read an earlier statement on this subject, called, “My Post-Evangelical Wilderness,” here. IM has been long known for its pointed critiques of evangelicalism. In less than a month, Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity, will be released, and I guarantee it will make a huge splash in this ongoing conversation. […]

Helping the Spiritually Helpless

By Chaplain Mike Last week I visited a family in a common hospice situation. The patient was non-responsive and near death. The patient’s daughter, though saddened by the impending loss of her father, was even more concerned about his spiritual welfare. He had lived most of his life saying he was an unbeliever. He’d had […]

Follow Up: The Most Basic Question (And how the chaplain blew it)

By Chaplain Mike The other evening, we posted an Open Mic discussion based on a situation I faced in my ministry. Here is a recap of the experience I described: It is a rare conversation that cuts right to the heart of the matter. It happened to me the other day. I was visiting a […]

iMonk Classic: On Christless Preaching

This weekend, as we mourn Michael Spencer’s passing, thank God for the hope of eternal life, and comfort one another in our time of loss, IM will feature classic posts from the Internet Monk. On Christless Preaching: The Arrival of Preaching that Doesn’t Mention Jesus at All Is this a joke? I’ve just heard yet […]