April 20, 2019

The Man in the Shadow of Adultery

I have been wanting to write this major essay on adultery for almost four years. It was just never there. Yesterday, for whatever reason, I knew it was ready for "birth," and so in a few hours this morning, it arrived. It is a … [Continue reading...]

Riffs: James Allison on “The Last Scapegoat”

UPDATE: Apparently I was supposed to know that James Allison was gay when I wrote this post. I didn't. Sorry. If that has anything to do with the truth and perspective of this piece, then disregard it. Homosexual sin is just as … [Continue reading...]

A Monk in Time

Thomas Merton, my hero and mentor, often mused about the irony of being a famous monk. Living in a monastery in the farmland of central Kentucky, Merton had the famous coming out to see him, reporters at the fences and his name in … [Continue reading...]

Ruin the Ski Retreat for Jesus

I'm looking at a promotional flyer for a typical American youth ministry ski retreat. I used to get these all the time when I was in the youth ministry biz at large Southern Baptist Churches. I don't get this much anymore, which … [Continue reading...]

Post-evangelical Worship: The soli deo liturgy

What does a post-evangelical worship gathering look like? This is the soli deo worship service for this coming Tuesday night. The responsive boldface is gone and the formatting is still set for two columns, but it's all here. We … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #21

Internet Monk Radio Podcast 21: Star Trek and fanaticism, Where's my Apple Bible software?, Osteenia. … [Continue reading...]

What is a “Post Evangelical?” (Part 2)

What I mean by the name "post-evangelical" keeps coming up in discussions. Though I have addressed the meaning of the term in a previous post, I'd like to make some further contributions to the discussion. I want to note, first … [Continue reading...]

Osteen Redux

As far as this blog goes, Joel Osteen posts have been good business. The largest traffic in the history of IM came from my original posts about "the smiling preacher." I have it on good authority that, sometime in the near … [Continue reading...]

To Know We’re Not Alone

Describing the true nature of Christian experience is an important part of what I want to do with my writing. It's also one of the things most controversial about this blog and what I've chosen to express through it. Some of my … [Continue reading...]

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #20

Trying to find the right "tone" for the podcast. Maybe less whistles and bells and a bit more serious. … [Continue reading...]