IM Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels

By Chaplain Mike In my opinion, Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope, by Trevin Wax, represents the best kind of thinking and presentation that evangelicalism has to offer the broader church today at a level that pastors and serious laypeople can appreciate and find useful. It is written inContinue reading “IM Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels”

Two Churches that Closed Down the “Show”

By Chaplain Mike This week, as we’ve been discussing the church, I have read two intriguing stories of megachurches that began and grew explosively using an attractional, seeker-oriented philosophy of ministry, but then decided that approach was contrary to Jesus’ call to discipleship. So they closed down the “show,” re-ordered their priorities, revamped their programs,Continue reading “Two Churches that Closed Down the “Show””

IM Book Review: The Language Of Science And Faith

Oh, boy. Here we go again, wading into the murky waters of how-we-all-got-here. Strap on your galoshes and let’s hope we don’t get too messy. Frequenters of Internet Monk will already be fluent in the language of the conversation. For the newly initiated: on one side, at its most extreme, we have those who sayContinue reading “IM Book Review: The Language Of Science And Faith”

IM Book Review: Introverts in the Church

By Chaplain Mike I think I may have found my doppelganger. There were times as I was reading through Adam McHugh’s wise and helpful book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, when I thought he was reading my mind, representing my exact thoughts in the very words by which IContinue reading “IM Book Review: Introverts in the Church”

IM Book Review–The Pastor: A Memoir

By Chaplain Mike “The way is made by walking” (Antonio Machado) Eugene Peterson’s career as a pastor has been a living tortoise and hare fable. In an age of emphasis on church growth, Peterson was “the contemplative pastor.” As the calling of minister morphed into the job of CEO, whose main task is to “runContinue reading “IM Book Review–The Pastor: A Memoir”

IM Book Review: This Odd and Wondrous Calling

By Chaplain Mike I’ve been waiting for this book a long, long time. Finally, here is a book that paints a clear picture of what pastors actually do, what serving as a minister in a congregational setting is actually like, and what we actually think and feel about our calling and our work and howContinue reading “IM Book Review: This Odd and Wondrous Calling”

A Most Biblical Practice, Largely Forgotten (1)

By Chaplain Mike My son, do not forget my teaching, But let your heart keep my commandments; For length of days and years of life And peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. • ProverbsContinue reading “A Most Biblical Practice, Largely Forgotten (1)”

IM Book Review: Turning Controversy into Church Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by William P. Campbell (Zondervan, 2010) I responded to an invitation to participate in a “Blog Tour” of W.P. Campbell’s book on ministering to those in the homosexual community. In typical fashion, I’m tardy in getting my review out, but I hopeContinue reading “IM Book Review: Turning Controversy into Church Ministry”