May 21, 2019

Richard Beck on Weakness and the Spirit

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for his series on Paul and the Law at his blog, Experimental Theology. Here is a tremendously insightful post on Paul’s concept of “the flesh” that opens the door, in my view, for a much richer, deeper, and broader understanding of salvation. • • • Richard Beck on […]

Another Look: God’s Scandalous Patience

God is transforming and reconciling the world. But unlike human revolutionaries who demand instant and total change, God is not impatient. The arc of the universe bends toward the full reconciliation of all creation, but — “Come, Lord Jesus!” — that arc is long. • C. Christopher Smith & John Pattison • • • This […]

Saturday with Michael Spencer: The Things that Won’t Go Away

Saturday with Michael Spencer The Things that Won’t Go Away They’re back. My sins, that is. Just in case you need to know, my name is Michael Spencer. I’m a Christian minister who has given 33+ years of my life to telling people… My sins, O the bliss of this glorious thought My sins not […]

Another Look: An Ordinary God

Another Look: An Ordinary God From 2014 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer

Wednesday with Michael Spencer From Standing on My Own Trap Door (2007) I can’t recall the author, but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people to agree to evangelistic sentences. The sentences mattered very much; more than almost anything else. Correctly worded sentences, turned […]

Reformation Week (2018): Another Look: God’s Righteousness

Note from CM: This coming Sunday our church, along with others around the world, will commemorate Reformation Sunday. I thought it would be fitting to look at some thoughts about this momentous movement in church history for a few days this week in preparation. • • • Another Look: God’s Righteousness I’m not ashamed of […]

Monday with Richard Beck: Christian Assertions about Evil

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for giving permission to re-post his thoughts about what the Christian faith says about evil. This is actually part two of a two-part post at his blog, Experimental Theology, and if you want to read more about the first two assertions, follow the link in this post to […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II

Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part II by J. Michael Jones The Implications of our View on the Material on our View of Nature. While Platonic Dualism found a welcoming home within the Church, the Rousseauian view of nature (I’m using nature here as a sub category under material) has completely swept western […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Where’s Jesus?

Monday with Michael Spencer From Where’s Jesus?: Thoughts on a Localized Christ Answering the question “Where can you get your Jesus?” is very important. Many of the divisions among Christians are actually a commentary on the relationship of the person of Jesus to various means of “accessing” or “localizing” Jesus. In other words, the question […]

J. Michael Jones: Finding a Christian (metaphysical) View of Nature, Part I

Note from CM: Today we welcome yet another “Mike” to our group of iMonk authors. J. Michael Jones. Mike blogs at J. Michael Jones, where you can also find information about his books. Here is a brief bio: J. Michael Jones lives with his wife, Denise, in Anacortes, Washington. They have five grown children. For […]