November 30, 2020

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The Spiral of Despair in Christian Hedonism: Steve Brown’s Take on John Piper

One of my unmet goals on the internet has been to start a blog devoted to a critical discussion of the theology of John Piper. I love Piper and his work has a huge place in my journey, but I am ever more convinced that his “Christian Hedonism” would greatly benefit from rigorous assessment. There […]

The Questions Belong To All Of Us

It’s not often that I use IM as a place to point my readers to other blogs, but I will make a much-deserved exception for Jordan Cooper’s deft and on-target analysis called “The Threat That Is The Emerging Church.” You must read the post and consider his major points because he is starting to make […]

Ink Blot Church

God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see.

Apologized and Revised: Looking For the Elusive, Mysterious “Reformed, Calvinistic” Tent

Just before I left for work this morning, I made a several discoveries: First, I discovered that “c.t.” in the current essay’s comment thread is a person who has been feeding off my web-sites for several weeks now. Second, I discovered that this same person was the source of the original “Reformed/Calvinistic Tent” quote that […]

The Prodigal Project

For the last three months, I’ve been leading a study of the story of the prodigal son in a men’s Bible study here at OBI. We met twice a week, and I simply took the study whatever direction was interesting to me. It’s been a lot of fun, and I have a lot of material […]

Retire the Chimps! Help the Media Find the “Real” Evangelicals!

Dear Media types. Main Stream. Television. Christian. Internet. Whatever. This post is for you. It has come to my attention that, in the past decade, you have paid increasing amounts of attention to conservative Christianity in America. In particular, recently, since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and the 2004 “Values Voter” presidential election, […]

The iMonk and Calvinism Q&A

Q: Are you a Calvinist? A. I prefer to not be called a Calvinist. There might be certain situations where I would answer to that term, but it would be rare. Q. Why are you no longer a Calvinist? A. As long as I have been a Calvinist, I’ve had to explain what the term […]

The Best Show On Television: Echoes of The Fall and Glimpses of Grace in “House, M.D.”

It’s major confession time. I have a TV habit. I think it started with the X-Files, which Denise and I started watching every week about the middle of its run. We watched and loved Millennium, and a short-lived series called Brimstone. We’ve always had at least one regular series we try to catch each week […]

In the Classroom: Three Stories, Othello and A Christian Approach To Literature

In my AP English IV class, one of my most difficult tasks is teaching students how to read, think and analyze literature as Christians. There are several reasons for the resistance. Laziness. A feeling that the classics are irrelevant. Senioritis. (A very real disease) And one that concerns me most of all: the belief that […]

Christian Humanism: Beginnings

When it comes to ultimate reality and our humanity, there are really very few options. If there is no God, there is no such thing as the “human” in the classically Judeo-Christian sense. There is an existential human, thrown into existence and forced to determine his own identity by choices that are, ultimately, absurd. There […]