June 5, 2020

Sin to spite the devil

“Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with trifles. We […]

Derek Webb and Band: The Dame, Lexington, Ky, 11/14/04

Derek Webb and his new band brought the “I See Things Upside Down” tour to a small bar/club in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday night, and I was fortunate to be there for a wonderful show. Webb is a former singer/songwriter in Caedmon’s Call, leaving last year to make his own harder-edged, more theologically “out front” […]

Is Your Church One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic?

If you really do attend Oakmont Worship Center, this post isn’t necessarily about you. If you attend the majority of America’s megachurches and megachurch-wannabes, it is about you. In a recent issue of Tabletalk magazine, R.C. Sproul Jr. addressed the issue of whether the modern evangelical church has the classic and confessional marks of the […]

Out of the Mouths of 16-year Old Babes: The Terrible Truth About Kids and Parents

The youth ministry professional has something to say, and parents need to read it. First, let’s hear about a new book you need to add to the Amazon wish list. This book has a lot to teach us. But not just about our kids. Seems that Doris Fuller, a journalist, her 19 year old college […]

A Parable for our Seeker-Sensitive, Purpose-Driven, Church Growth Oriented Friends

Once upon a time, there was a village that had a great heritage of education among its citizens. For many years, the community had wonderful schools, but more importantly, great scholars, statesmen, artists and educators. Education was important to families, children and businesses. For years, it was rare to find anyone who wasn’t a graduate, […]

A Rigney Read for the Fourth

Reading this story on a Patriotic Rally sponsored by a Lexington Baptist Church, I was reminded of one of my favorite Internet Monk essays: Christianity and Patriotism by IM contributor eric rigney. This was written several years ago, but is still timely and well thought out. Few evangelicals question this sort of thing, and none […]

300 pages into “My Life”

Yes, I’m reading Bill Clinton’s “My Life.” I’m 300 pages into the ex-President’s magnum opus autobiography, and he just got booted out of the governor’s mansion by the voters of Arkansas. He learned a thing or two about how rural folks feel when they discover- at the end of a long line- that their auto […]

The Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time (?)

Christianity Today has some wonderful articles on film these days. (Hats off to CT for the increased attention to what most of us were told would send us straight to hell.) This week they have the “Ten Greatest Baseball Movies of All Time.” Since baseball is my therapy, and I want more of my peers […]

Patty Loveless in Concert

Denise and I were the guests of friends at the Patty Loveless concert tonight at historic Renfro Valley. I’ve wanted to see Patty Loveless for years, so this was a nice surprise. Patty is one of the finest voices and song crafters in country music. She’s from Pikeville and Elkhorn City here in Kentucky, and […]