September 21, 2019

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...]

War of the Worldviews: Temptations for the Church in the Information Age

This is one of the longer pieces I've posted on IM recently, and is an attempt to understand some of what we see going on among evangelicals these days through the lens of some basic sociology. Is the behavior of many evangelicals … [Continue reading...]

When Loving You Is Killing Me: Thoughts On Pastoring The Small Church

David Hansen writes a wonderful, poignant, real-world account of how four high school boys wearing baseball caps to worship became an issue that, as he puts it, "decapitated Mount Saint Helen's," and put his church and ministry … [Continue reading...]