July 13, 2020

Witherington on Osteen vs Jesus

God bless Ben Witherington, who takes on the THEOLOGY of Joel Osteen, particularly as it applies to the teaching of Jesus. Thank you, Dr. Witherington, for doing what so few others are willing to do. American Christianity, if … [Continue reading...]

Jesus, Tongue Piercing and The Culture War

[I also dealt with this subject in a previous IM essay.] Col. 2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations - 21 "Do not handle, … [Continue reading...]

Serious About Merton?

Then we discover what the spiritual life really is. It is not a matter of doing one good thing rather than another, of praying in one way rather than in another. It is not a matter of any special psychological effect in our own … [Continue reading...]

Remember Osteen? Al Mohler Speaks Up

UPDATE: Dr. Mohler posted on Osteen in June of '05. Thanks for the correction. More than a year after this blog called for the "outing" of Joel Osteen as a motivational speaker pretending to be a Christian pastor, Al Mohler … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 4

Postcard 1 Postcard 2 Postcard 3 4. Determine to be part of a community where the concept of leadership is fully New Testament in its understanding of the relation of clergy and laity, and is free from the exaggerated and … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 3

Postcard 1 Postcard 2 3. Be honest: Does the logic of a group eventually conclude that other Christians are, in fact, not true believers at all? The Arminian God is not "worshipable." If you believe the doctrines of … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 2

Postcard 1 2. Be suspicious of guilt that comes from crossing the perceived boundaries of a group. In between the lines of these epistles from young theologians, there is a common emotion. It is not a front-burner emotion, … [Continue reading...]

Like The Night My House Was Burning by Denise Day Spencer

Denise is blogging about the recent "cancer scare" at her blog. I want to link here so that IM readers can experience her excellent writing and benefit from her honest reflections on this experience. Since many of you prayed for … [Continue reading...]

Postcards To A Young Theologian 1

I'm fortunate to be trusted with many letters chronicling the spiritual journeys of some of my readers. Currently, I have several of these letters in my mailbox that I need to answer. I have a particular group, however, that are … [Continue reading...]

Guess Who? on John 3:16

UPDATE: Welcome Fide-O readers. I invite you to read this post and tell me why Jason Robertson thinks it's about him. Good luck. Guess Who said it? "I am troubled by the tendency of some - often young people newly infatuated … [Continue reading...]