Don’t rush through where Christians fear to tread

Someone I greatly respect recently posted the following on Facebook. It’s a short word about lament. I’ve been saying we live in circumstances appropriate for the practice of lament prayer, so I was glad someone is writing about it. However, when I read this friend’s word, I had mixed feelings. I agreed with his mainContinue reading “Don’t rush through where Christians fear to tread”

Another Look: If you are not afraid…

Note from CM: I wrote this post in 2013. I don’t recall off the top of my head what prompted it, but I do know why it speaks to me today. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, indeed as it continues to surge here in the U.S. without any signs of abating, I have never feltContinue reading “Another Look: If you are not afraid…”

Bonhoeffer on “Thy Kingdom Come”

Bonhoeffer on “Thy Kingdom Come” The following is from a 1932 retreat lecture given by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In it, he critiques two inadequate and harmful understandings of God’s kingdom that believers hold. First, he rejects the other-worldly, pietistic view of those who long for a kingdom in another realm beyond this one. This is escapistContinue reading “Bonhoeffer on “Thy Kingdom Come””

Another Look: This is about the second turning

Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion (which I now more thoughtfully consider a “spiritual re-awakening”) to me was like rounding a bend in the highway and driving straight into aContinue reading “Another Look: This is about the second turning”

Another Look: Drawn to the Religionless

Another Look: Drawn to the Religionless I often ask myself why a “Christian instinct” often draws me more to the religionless people than to the religious, by which I don’t in the least mean with any evangelizing intention, but, I might almost say, “in brotherhood.” While I’m often reluctant to mention God by name toContinue reading “Another Look: Drawn to the Religionless”

When the child falls in the well… — On being too biblical

I love the Bible. I have come to have little patience with biblicism. The most “biblical” Jews in Jesus’ day were the Pharisees. We commonly criticize them for their hypocrisy, for exalting human traditions over God’s Word, or for adding a multitude of rules in their attempt to interpret scripture for religious practice. I thinkContinue reading “When the child falls in the well… — On being too biblical”

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (2)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. Today,Continue reading “Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (2)”

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (1)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. •Continue reading “Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (1)”

Matthew B. Redmond: The Apostle Paul or the Person in the Pew?

Note from CM: Matthew B. Redmond is a good friend of Internet Monk. He has written for us on this week’s subject, and we have reviewed his book, which holds up as one of the finest, most needed books in recent years. See the links below for those posts. Matthew B. Redmond: The God ofContinue reading “Matthew B. Redmond: The Apostle Paul or the Person in the Pew?”