July 11, 2020

Follow Up: Jesus and Health Care

One of our good readers, Rick, made some comments yesterday that I both reacted to and rejoiced in. In the end, I agreed with him that the discussion needed to be directed more toward our purpose here at Internet Monk — to promote a Jesus-shaped Christianity. He wrote: “…It was just that I didn’t see […]

A Few Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act Decision and Health Care in the U.S.

I’m no expert, I’m not an overtly political person, and I think about 90% of political debate is bluster and posturing. But I am on the front lines when it comes to health care, and I thought I should share some thoughts on yesterday’s historic decision by the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act […]

How the ELCA Dealt with the Issue of Homosexuality

Let me begin on a personal note. The 2009 ELCA decision to approve their social statement on human sexuality, with its provisions for homosexuality, have never been on my radar in terms of why I choose to affiliate with the ELCA. I explained in this morning’s post that these things have never been “hot-button” issues […]

Chaplain Mike’s “Agenda”

In the comments on yesterday’s post, some of you questioned my motives and my “agenda” for discussing Bible verses that directly address the subject of homosexuality. Well, let me lay it out plainly for you. To be perfectly honest, this is not something I would prefer to talk about. It has never been an issue […]

What Does the Bible Actually Say about Homosexuality?

MOD NOTE: I have been deleting and editing a lot of comments because you are not sticking to the topic. This post is about one thing — EXAMINING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. It is not about our personal reflections or ethical considerations of the subject. All I want to do is look at […]

Daniel Jepsen on “How I became Non-Political”

I see the presidential election season is heating up.  Soon, it will be a two-man race, Obama versus a candidate to be named later. I find I care less each election cycle. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still vote, and I do so after a good deal of reading about the candidate’s positions.  But […]

Daniel Jepsen on Newt Gingrich, the Religious Right, and Rank Hypocrisy

NOTE FROM CM: Oh boy, another presidential election year is upon us in the good ol’ US of A! Here at Internet Monk, we don’t usually talk much about politics. It was the Apostle Paul who warned us, “Avoid the profane chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge…” (1Tim 6:20). It seems to […]

I’m Dreaming of a Fight This Christmas…

The rumble you hear in the distance is the sound of heavy artillery. The Christmas Wars have begun. The advertisement accompanying today’s post is from the American Humanist Association. These will run on buses, billboards and in newspapers. This is AHA’s third consecutive holiday public awareness campaign to bring attention to discrimination against nonbelievers in […]

When Christians Won the Culture War

I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died, and the very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. (Romans 7:9-10, NRSV) • • • There was a time in the United States when Christians got deeply involved in the political process over […]

Anger At The Poor

So many people these days seem to be angry at poor people.  I hear comments by journalists, by so-called pundits, by television and radio talk-show hosts, and by the people who call in on those shows.  The poor, according to these professionally angry people, are getting a “free ride;” they’re part of an “all-out war […]