The Evangelical Dilemma

The Evangelical Dilemma I don’t think Christianity is about converting people. • Michael Spencer, Wretched Urgency • • • I once had a Jewish patient, non-observant, who was one of the most thoughtful, delightful people I’ve met. My ministry to him was the same as it is to all my patients – to provide pastoralContinue reading “The Evangelical Dilemma”

Renewing The Evangelical Worship Service, Part Two

This morning we began looking at some ideas that could help renew evangelicalism, or at least the weekly worship service aspect of many evangelical churches. I want to continue this discussion, but first a couple more observations. First of all, we must must must remember that the focus of the service is Jesus, not me.Continue reading “Renewing The Evangelical Worship Service, Part Two”

Evangelicals In the Star Trek Universe

For those of you keeping score, we gave up the television about 4 months ago. We discovered that, for $60 a month, we were watching one episode of House, M.D. a week and I was watching baseball. Not worth it, especially with and Hulu. Everyone is fine, we’re using Netflix, buying some DVDs andContinue reading “Evangelicals In the Star Trek Universe”

Another One Gets Off the Evangelical Bus: Thoughts on A De-Conversion

BeAttitude gives his reasons for Why He Walked Away From Christianity. Don’t skip this. Read it carefully and don’t start talking. Just listen. 1. I always want to commend anyone who moves to a position of authenticity for themselves. If you don’t believe the claims of your own Christian community, then by all means pleaseContinue reading “Another One Gets Off the Evangelical Bus: Thoughts on A De-Conversion”

My Ash Wednesday Dilemma: In Which Your Internet Monk Asks for Help From The Audience

For the past hour, I’ve been trying to find a Protestant church nearby where I can go for Ash Wednesday service on February 6. If you don’t know where I live, let me put it this way: There are probably more churches marking Ash Wednesday in some Muslim countries than there are churches doing soContinue reading “My Ash Wednesday Dilemma: In Which Your Internet Monk Asks for Help From The Audience”

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”

Has Science Disproved Christianity?

Has Science Disproved Christianity? In her review of Rebecca McLaughlin’s new book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion, Jesus Creed regular contributor, RJS, discusses the question, “Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity?”  Of course, RJS’ answer is a hard no.  She lays out her argument based on the fact that science has never,Continue reading “Has Science Disproved Christianity?”

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 14, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 14, 2018 It’s county fair season in my part of the world. State fairs are around the corner and these celebrations and gatherings will be going on throughout the summer and fall. I’m trying to decide whether or not we want to offer at our Brunch some of theContinue reading “The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 14, 2018”

Miracles and Science, Part 1 by Ard Louis

Miracles and Science, Part 1 by Ard Louis I would like to begin a reflection on a series of blog posts from BioLogos board member and writer Ard Louis on the subject of miracles.  The blog posts can be found on the BioLogos web site archives here.  The blog posts are based on a scholarlyContinue reading “Miracles and Science, Part 1 by Ard Louis”

Demonic Silence?

Paul Wilkinson has a provocative post over at Thinking Out Loud on the subject of silence in worship services. As you know, Internet Monk has long been a proponent of silence as an essential part of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. We have encouraged that people intentionally experience silence both as a personal spiritual practice and asContinue reading “Demonic Silence?”