June 4, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #17

Internet Monk Radio Podcast 17. I start a revolution. Shane Claiborne. Blogwars. There’s more good guys than you might think.


  1. Erggg!!!why did the podcast end before you were finished?

  2. Fixed. Sorry.

  3. I have gotten to listen to a few of these now, Michael. They are enjoyable. Keep it up.


  4. So, if the noise on blogs really is just the strident voice of the disenchanted loners… then… my wife and I really are isolated and weird.

    Great news, that.

    What a choice: kool-aid or hemlock. Goodbye, cruel world! |-[

    But, I do think it’s a highly insightful observation, and worthy of more airplay. Kinda like when the media interviews one person from any given point of view, no matter that there’s a million more on one side, and the other guy is a party of one.

  5. chrisstiles says

    I live in the UK and end up in London about once a month, so get a chance to attend All Souls – the church where John Stott is Rector Emeritus – every now and again. From what you’ve written in the past, I think you’d be at home with the average service, they don’t follow the BCP but are orthodox anglicanin their approach, sing meaningful hymns of varying ages and feature a greater than average amount of readings from Scripture. They are large – though fairly incidentally so – but are still community focused, doing a lot of work serving the transient student population in London.

    A significant minority of the Anglican churches in the UK would be largely indistinguishable from the average non-mainline evangelical church, being orthodox and conservative in belief. The elements they might sometimes retain could include a focus on using the prayer books, occasional services from the BCP of 1662, and more often a greater focus on hymns and scripture reading. I know a number of people who attend churches like this including my youngest brother, and count them as fellow christians in all ways. If I end up in a church like this I would not count it to be a ‘second best option’.

    I would agree that there is a division to be made between people outside the faith and those spreading the gospel whose theology may not be everything we could buy into. However, unease with a certain practise or theology might be
    discernment, it might also just reflect unfamiliarity or vunerability on our part, leading to an overreaction towards someone whose theology is only as wrong as we our own. For instance, and to pick an example, is Stott annhilationism – really that much worse than the legalism exhibited in the recent alcohol debate ?

    Evangelicalism can be fairly reactionary in nature regarding reason. A fear that thought of any kind could lead to heresy leads to an unofficial list of approved teachers – always uneven as it reflects each pastors individual prejudices, with everyone outside that list being anathema.

  6. I wanted to speak to your comments about blogwars and people who attach too great an importance to the fact that their blogs are getting a high volume of traffic in the comment threads.

    I have found that very few if any of my Christian friends in the environments where I am involved are interested in the things that are important to me. I can’t really talk to them about the things that I want to talk about, but if I want to talk about the latest Third Day CD or what God is showing me in the Purpose-Driven Life (or whatever the latest fad in evangelical pop culture happens to be), I’ll have plenty of people to talk with.

    So I blog. I blog because it gives me a safe place of my own to say the things that I really want to say, and possibly reach someone out there who is looking to hear someone saying what I have to say. This preserves my relationships with the others in my community because I don’t have to trouble them with what I am really thinking about things; I can just put it on my blog and they can read it if they want to or not read it if they don’t want to.