Another Look: Sacramental from the Beginning

Note from CM: I recently read two other perspectives that, to some extent, critique evangelicals’ attraction to — but fuzzy understanding of — sacramentalism as an answer to living in a “disenchanted” world. I encourage you to follow these links and read Jake Meador’s comments on Derek Mishmawy’s post. • • • …the mysterious characterContinue reading “Another Look: Sacramental from the Beginning”

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gaveContinue reading “Sacramental from the beginning”

Good News is Just the Beginning

Over the past decade, a cottage industry has grown and and is now flourishing among American Christian leaders and teachers that has focused on defining the Gospel. Many factors account for this. We live in a decidedly non-doctrinaire age, and the “Gospel” discussion has formed in response to that. Through the influence of the churchContinue reading “Good News is Just the Beginning”

The Liturgical Gangstas 2: Attractional, Missional or Sacramental?

Welcome to “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion among different traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Rev. Peter Vance Matthews is an Anglican priest and founding pastor of an AMIA congregation. Dr. Wyman Richardson is a pastor of a First Baptist ChurchContinue reading “The Liturgical Gangstas 2: Attractional, Missional or Sacramental?”

The Internet Monk Archives

Michael Spencer Michael Spencer was the founder and primary writer of Internet Monk and author of Mere Churchianity. The title “Internet Monk” comes from his appreciation for Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton. He taught at an international Christian boarding school in southeastern Kentucky. He was a leading voice critiquing American evangelicalism, culminating in hisContinue reading “The Internet Monk Archives”

Let’s Review: Some basic concepts at Internet Monk (1) — Post-evangelical

Let’s Review Some basic concepts at Internet Monk (1) — Post-evangelical I thought it might be a good time to review some basic concepts that have taken hold over the years here at Internet Monk. Some of these, of course, were introduced by the blog’s founder, Michael Spencer. Others come from Chaplain Mike, with thanksContinue reading “Let’s Review: Some basic concepts at Internet Monk (1) — Post-evangelical”


I AM A PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN because I believe that doubting, questioning and searching is a legitimate and mature expression of faith, and that for many Christians a season of deconstruction is a necessary and vital part of the faith journey. I AM A POST-PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN because I believe a faith journey that terminates and exhaustsContinue reading “Reconstruction”

Reformation 500: Luther vs. the Protestants

Indeed, the most serious challenges in Luther’s theology may be to the Protestant tradition. • Phillip Cary • • • In this month of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, you would do well to check out the interesting article at First Things by Phillip Cary, Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton HonorsContinue reading “Reformation 500: Luther vs. the Protestants”

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (1)

The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care Part One: The Birth of a Pastor I have been serving as a hospice chaplain for almost thirteen years now, so my daily work involves visiting those who are in the final season of life, along with their families, friends, and caregivers. Before that, I was inContinue reading “The Use of the Bible in Pastoral Care (1)”

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (6)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Six Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ There isContinue reading “Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (6)”