Conversation is Difficult — Let’s Do Better

Conversation is Difficult — Let’s Do Better In his book Disagreeing Virtuously, Olli-Pekka Vainio names three specific virtues that keep communities in conversation even when they disagree: open-mindedness, humility, and courage. • C. Christopher Smith. How the Body of Christ Talks • • • I’ve been getting more criticism lately about the moderation of ourContinue reading “Conversation is Difficult — Let’s Do Better”

A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt and Tim Keller

Note from CM: I realize that this is a long presentation, but believe me, it is worth your while. Perhaps you can break it down into segments and watch them throughout the week. I would be happy to receive comments today, Tuesday, or Wednesday on this video. Here is a prime example of civil conversationContinue reading “A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt and Tim Keller”

Boxing: A Metaphor for North American Christianity?

Last Friday I asked my son if he was interested in the Pacquiao versus Mayweather fight. “Why would I be interested”, he replied. “On one hand you have a guy who uses his position and prominence to put down gay rights and on the other hand you have a serial sexual abuser. Who would IContinue reading “Boxing: A Metaphor for North American Christianity?”

This Is Where I Live

This is a post that I have been meaning to write for a few weeks, since Chaplain Mike wrote his insightful post, “Another Look: This is not where I live“.  While I agree with Chaplain Mike, that real life happens outside of Internet Monk, I have a little bit of a different perspective.  This week’s post onContinue reading “This Is Where I Live”

Andy Zehner: How to win an argument . . . like a Christian

Note from CM:  Andy and Damaris Zehner have been good friends for many years, and I have participated in any number of vigorous, vibrant conversations with them about matters of faith and life. iMonk readers have the privilege of reading Damaris regularly, today here’s a re-post of something Andy contributed back in 2011. • •Continue reading “Andy Zehner: How to win an argument . . . like a Christian”

Another Look: Boot Camp Blather

Note from CM: In July 2010, I wrote a rant that grew out of my attempts to comment on some other sites known for their strong views on a particular literalist interpretation of Genesis 1-2. Unlike the vast majority of the discussions here at Internet Monk, the “conversations” were nothing of the kind. I wasContinue reading “Another Look: Boot Camp Blather”

Meeting Jesus Through Community?

I am involved in a number of different communities. Some are communities of faith, but most are not. Now, this may sound like a cop out, but my primary way of introducing people to Jesus has been to introduce those in my non faith communities to my faith communities. Let me introduce you to firstContinue reading “Meeting Jesus Through Community?”

Internet Monk Table Manners

Whenever two people come together and their behavior affects one another, you have etiquette. – Emily Post * * * Welcome to Internet Monk. This blog, started by Michael Spencer many moons ago, began as a way for Michael to write and express his thoughts about religion, culture, politics, and his own journey, which wouldContinue reading “Internet Monk Table Manners”

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 to religious people — because that nameContinue reading “Drawn to the Religionless”