December 9, 2018

Big Money For A Little Piece of Paper: My Stupid Regrets and Inexplicable Ambition to Be “Dr. Spencer”

Once upon a time, I decided I wanted to be Dr. Michael Spencer. Michael Spencer, Doctor of Ministry (D. Min), actually. In Southern Baptist culture, the "D.Min" is the everyparson's doctorate. Two to three years of off campus … [Continue reading...]

A Letter To Andrew and Other Young Artists Injured By The Church

[The following letter is an opportunity to talk to the many Christian young people who feel disapproval from family and church in their pursuit of an artistic vocation. In my experience, many of these young people abandon their … [Continue reading...]

Five Things That Youth Ministers Need To Hear (and you’re afraid to tell them, so, OK, I’ll do it.)

At least once a month, someone writes me about their youth minister. What to do...what to do...what to do....with the zealous, sincere, yet wrong-headed young fellow who is about to split the church between the youth who would die … [Continue reading...]

Pictures. Story.

The former City Methodist Church building, Gary, Indiana. … [Continue reading...]

Let’s Not Be Simplistic About CCM

I'm a big Andrew Sandlin fan, and I've never disagreed with him that I can remember, but Sandlin's sudden enthusiasm for CCM needs a bit of tempering with reality. … [Continue reading...]

Paleo-Orthodox Baptists?: A Recommendation For My Readers

Wyman Richardson is doing something important. He's exploring ways to relate his Baptist faith to the larger, ancient, "paleo-orthodox" Christian tradition. I think he's onto something important, and I want my readers to check it … [Continue reading...]

An iMonkish Quiet Time: My Most Helpful Devotional Resources

One of the blessings- and I truly mean that- of the Internet Monk web site has been the amount of mail I receive. Of the various kinds of mail, some always contains questions from readers. Often the writer is seeking advice, or … [Continue reading...]

One Stubborn Text That Refuses to Go Away: What Does The New Testament Teach About Unbelievers In Public Worship?

The following is my contribution to a question that is dominating discussion among evangelicals: Should worship be "seeker sensitive?" What kind of worship experience should we seek when we want to reach out to the unbelievers in … [Continue reading...]

Spurgeon and Osteen: The Tale of Inaugural Sermons

Charles Spurgeon preached two sermons at key moments in his ministry. The first was his first sermon at New Park Street. Just a boy, he had come to the old church of John Gill, determined that the God of the Gospel would once … [Continue reading...]

The Sanity Verses

Sometimes, I don't need inspiration. What I need is just my sanity. I don't need verses that tell me I'm about to see a miracle. I need something that says God wants me to make it to tomorrow, and still be able to be useful. … [Continue reading...]