August 20, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 10, 2019 — Lament Edition

• Sorry to emphasize such down notes today, but, as the CNN story says, "What a horrible week for America." This has been an objectively awful week. Far from a sleepy end to the summer, the country is reeling from mass … [Continue reading...]

Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (2)

These chapters are far from abstract theology and are instead pastoral theology for the church at Rome. The questions Paul both asks and addresses are questions Paul has heard time and again in his mission, and the questions are … [Continue reading...]

God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey, Chapter 11 – On Pain and Suffering

God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey, Chapter 11 – On Pain and Suffering We will continue our review of God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey.  Today is Chapter 11 – … [Continue reading...]

The Priority of the Gospels

An ancient Syriac document, allegedly recounting the instruction of the Apostles, enjoins: “The apostles further appointed: At the conclusion of all the Scriptures let the Gospels be read, as being the seal of all the Scriptures … [Continue reading...]

Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation

As we think this week about the incarnate Christ, here is a thought-provoking excerpt from an article by Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation: Pilgrimage and Sunday of Orthodoxy • • • This is where it … [Continue reading...]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Question Is God, the Answer Is Jesus

Monday with Michael Spencer The Question Is God, the Answer Is Jesus An article from another blog Michael authored: Jesus-Shaped Spirituality • • • “Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless … [Continue reading...]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: On Telling Jesus Stories

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann On Telling Jesus Stories The church must endlessly tell its Jesus stories, because in these Jesus stories, we behold the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. The imposition of holiness … [Continue reading...]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 3, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 3, 2019 • • • Three years away...on my "want" list now • • • Joshua Harris, post-Christian From CNN: A former pastor who wrote a bestselling book on traditional relationships … [Continue reading...]

Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (1)

Paul's polemic in Romans 1-4 with the Judge/Weak arises only because the Weak believe the path to moral transformation for the Strong can be achieved only by adopting and observing the Torah. Romans 1-8 occur then in two blocks: … [Continue reading...]

God’s Good Earth: The Case for an Unfallen Creation, by Jon Garvey, Chapter 10 – The Non-Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

NOTE FROM CM: I'm sorry everyone. I have been distracted this week by changes at my work and failed to notice that I accidentally put up part of the Romans post today rather than tomorrow. I have rescheduled it for tomorrow and … [Continue reading...]