July 11, 2020

“The Looming Tower” on 9/11’s Aftermath

By Chaplain Mike One way I thought about the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this week was to read Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. I hope to do a review tomorrow; for today, I offer a few thought-provoking quotes for your consideration and discussion. I want […]

iMonk Classic: Michael Spencer’s Early Response to 9/11

UPDATE: We have had some good lively discussion so far. But I would like to remind us that the point of this post is NOT so much to analyze what Michael thought in the days following 9/11, but rather to use his thoughts as a prompt to help us remember what WE thought and felt. […]

OK, I’m Blushing…

By Chaplain Mike Why does everything have to be an “issue” for Christians? Why do we feel the need to speak publicly about every matter under heaven? Why is so necessary to make it clear “where we stand” on everything? Can’t (shouldn’t) there be some things that we deal with quietly, privately, personally, face to […]

Official Historian of the Culture War (for the Right)

By Chaplain Mike What Ken Ham is to evolutionary biology, David Barton is to American history. Ham is not a scientist, nor is Barton a historian. Yet both claim to know and present THE truth about their respective subjects. And because they are such hard workers and good marketers, they have become the spokesmen of […]

150 Years Ago, Today…

By Chaplain Mike Today is the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of what is considered the official beginning of the American Civil War—the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, SC (April 12-13, 1861). Ft. Sumter was one of five Union forts that remained in the newly formed Confederacy. In the months preceding the battle, […]

Addicted to “Answers”

By Chaplain Mike Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God. I humbly disagree. This issue came up again recently when John Piper wrote a blog post on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Of course, you […]

Our Inadequate Grasp of “Culture”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will join the conversation as I continue to work through James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In our first discussion, we talked through a question: If America has as many people with faith commitments as […]

I’m Speechless, How Do You Respond?

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: Read this “Open Letter to John MacArthur” from an Egyptian American at Recovering Evangelical. I hope this doesn’t ruin your upcoming weekend, but I’m going to post some remarkable words by John MacArthur for your consideration and discussion today. I came across this interview with brother John at the Christian Post […]

iMonk Classic: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Domestic Abuse?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept 17, 2009 From Kentucky.com, following a high profile murder that followed a high profile history of domestic abuse: The news reports of the recent death of Amanda Ross, allege that she was a victim of domestic violence. Based on statistics, it is likely domestic violence is happening […]

The Intruder and His World

By Chaplain Mike This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. (Bob Dylan) • • • One day recently, a dreaded Intruder came uninvited into our life. His coming was sudden and shocking, as though a blast of wind exploded out of nowhere, shattering our living room picture window, sending […]