December 15, 2019

Pastor Piper Scares the Kids

UPDATE: In order to assist my “impulse control,” I will be going on a fast for the foreseen future. I will not presume to pick apart the popular Pastor Piper’s pronouncements any longer. Whate’er rants there be They will not be directed at he. * * * I’m sorry, this may represent my poor impulse […]

Lies, Damn Lies, and …

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “There are lies, there are damn lies, and there is the American political process.” Jesus said, “Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one” (Matt. 5:37). How can anyone claiming to follow his teachings possibly support the American political process? […]

Reasons to Rant

As I write these words on Sunday night, I don’t have the energy or concentration to put together a coherent rant. (It’s been another one of those “hit the wall” weeks.) So, instead, let me bring to your attention some of the crazy stuff I noticed this week that I would rant about if I […]

“Esau” Christianity? Douglas Wilson Needs a Bible Study

Douglas Wilson has declared war on wuss worship. Last July, Mark Driscoll, another purveyor of  what I will call from now on “Esau Christianity,” tweeted this offensive message: “So, what story do you have about the most effeminate anatomically male worship leader you’ve ever personally witnessed?” prompting Rachel Held Evans to call him out as […]

OTD: Obsessed with Tornadoes Disorder

UPDATE: I am closing comments. I think we’ve talked enough at this time. In the meantime, please read the post by my friend John Armstrong that is much more sympathetic to John Piper, who is his friend, but nonetheless critical of his theological approach. Here is a key statement in John’s post: ‘What I believe […]

Top of My “Don’t Read” List

NOTE: Before you read this post, please read the Moderation Rules in the box below. • • • Unless something unforeseen arises, I won’t be reading Mark Driscoll’s new book, Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship & Life Together. I have read the first chapter and several passages quoted in reviews, but only in […]

In Praise of the “Chaplain” Pastor

Mark Galli is speaking my language (again). Every pastor and church leader needs to read his article, “Why We Need More ‘Chaplains’ and Fewer Leaders.” Much to my personal dismay, “chaplain” is apparently a dirty word — at least to those who claim to know what makes a good leader in a healthy church. Mark […]

Crossing Borders

Last week, our local Borders bookstore closed, as they are doing everywhere across the country. On my final visit, I was able to pick up eight or nine books for $1.00 each. On any other day, that would have been a cause for celebration. On this day, I had a sick feeling in my stomach. […]

Someone Has to Put a Foot Down

By Chaplain Mike I haven’t really offended anyone for awhile, but I’m pretty sure that streak stops with this one. Sorry, but somebody must speak up and draw a line somewhere when it comes to what some call “worship” music. Today, I’m writing about one song. Churches everywhere sing it these days. Many, many well-known […]

A Funeral Rant

By Chaplain Mike I have been officiating funeral services since I was 22 years old, a young know-nothing pastor in the hills of Vermont. My first funeral was for an infant who died of SIDS. That service was held on the coldest, rainiest and iciest day I can remember. Outside. At the cemetery. It was […]