February 21, 2019

The Laughter Just Beyond The Door

When I was a little boy, we lived in a very small house, and my bedroom was connected to the living room by one door. My bed was in the corner of this big bedroom, and I would go to bed- depending on my age- at 8 or 9 or 10. And I … [Continue reading...]

The iMonk’s Weekend File 1/22/05

I've got three topics running around in my head. All are important and deserve some ink. I'll call it the iMonk's Weekend File. Nothing too long and complex, but enough to say things that need to be said. Maybe they will reappear … [Continue reading...]

What’s best for the children: A story about Bob

Somewhere in this world, there is a guy named Bob. Bob is a Christian. Married. Couple of small kids. He's got the family every church wants. And that is the problem. Every church in town has a children's program for Bob's … [Continue reading...]

What He Believed, He Lived: A Tribute to the Rev. W.O. Spencer

On Sunday morning, January 9th, 2005, my uncle, the Rev. Willie Offutt "W.O." Spencer came to the end of his earthly journey. He was 88 years old. Married to my Aunt Dot for 67 years, pastor of my home church- Hall Street … [Continue reading...]

A Prayer for Alex: What to do when your child says he doesn’t believe any more.

A friend stopped in to ask me some questions about her 6th grade son's sudden announcement that he no longer believed in God or Jesus. Our time was simply too short for a substantial answer, so I thought it would be a good topic … [Continue reading...]

On The Side of the Rebel Jesus: Ron Sider’s Quixotic Quest for An Ethical Evangelicalism

All the streets are filled with laughter and light And the music of the season And the merchants' windows are all bright With the faces of the children And the families hurrying to their homes As the sky darkens and … [Continue reading...]

Ten Things…and Ten More things: How To Turn Me Into A Democrat

I was raised a Democrat. FDR was the fourth member of the Trinity. No.....really, he was the third because I heard a lot more about him than I did about the Holy Spirit. FDR and the Democrats kept my dad's family from starving to … [Continue reading...]

God of storms, seas, floods and earthquakes: Some thoughts on the Tragedy

[I would encourage everyone reading this post to stop right here, go to Samaritan's Purse or the charity of your choice, and give to relieve and rebuilt the affected nations. Then we can do a bit of thinking.] UPDATE: Here's … [Continue reading...]

Donald Miller pulls me out of the pit: A review of “Blue Like Jazz” and “Searching for God Knows What”

I can still hear Miss Morris, my senior English teacher, saying it: "Too many "I's. Too many "me's." We were writing essays, and she was simply correcting us with one of the cardinal rules of good essay writing: the essay was … [Continue reading...]

Does the Story Matter?

The other day, we were talking about Jesus' command to "judge not," and I said this in a post about how I have learned to think about judging others.Connected to this is the humility that needs to accompany all claims of knowledge … [Continue reading...]