December 14, 2019

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, 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 […]

IM Book Review: Turning Controversy into Church Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by William P. Campbell (Zondervan, 2010) I responded to an invitation to participate in a “Blog Tour” of W.P. Campbell’s book on ministering to those in the homosexual community. In typical fashion, I’m tardy in getting my review out, but I hope […]

When Bad Theology Gets Scary

By Chaplain Mike MOD NOTE: Folks, this is not a pro- or anti- Israel or Palestinian post. It’s about dispensational theology and the dangerous mixture of such theology with international politics. I’d prefer that you stick to this subject in your comments. From today’s Jerusalem Post, these strong words from Michael Freund in his column, […]

Relating to Science, Our Neighbor

By Chaplain Mike Christianity Today’s top ten list of news stories from 2010 included one that prompted a lot of discussion here on Internet Monk: 8. Prominent Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke resigns from Reformed Theological Seminary under pressure amid debate on the historicity of Adam. “If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution,” […]

Open Mic: Two Big Votes in Washington

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, the U.S. Congress held well-publicized votes on two controversial pieces of legislation: the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military regarding homosexuality, the “DREAM Act” that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Though I normally don’t care to […]

Is There a Church There?

By Chaplain Mike Last week’s provocative bombing of Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea made us all feel a little more insecure, even as we read words about beating swords into plowshares on the first Sunday of Advent. Those who welcome the Prince of Peace at this time of year should be on the front lines […]

The Passing of the Greatest Generation

By Chaplain Mike for Veterans Day, 2010 This piece was originally written in 2005 to share with my hospice team for Memorial Day. As we honor our veterans today, I thought it would be good to share it with you. Yesterday, I did another funeral for one of these fine men, a friend who served […]