What about Job’s Kids?

I had an interesting picture in my facebook feed the other day.  I don’t usually repost much, but this one really caught my attention as it represented how I was feeling that day. On particularly rough days, when I’m sure that I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for gettingContinue reading “What about Job’s Kids?”

A Conference I Recommend: Slow Church

UPDATE: A great place to start getting to know more about Chris and his church is with his book, The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities. It describes how his inner-city congregation made conversation among themselves and with their neighbors a primary practice in the church. It’s available as aContinue reading “A Conference I Recommend: Slow Church”

Another Look: Some Thoughts on “Community”

This post was first published in August, 2010. Today, I heard an interesting interview on the NPR program, Fresh Air with Todd S. Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, who has written a piece in the latest edition called, “Washington: We Have a Problem”. For this article, Purdum spent a day at the White House with the presidentContinue reading “Another Look: Some Thoughts on “Community””

My first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.”

Francis Chan must be reading a different Bible. The other day I watched a video clip from a message he gave at the 2012 Verve Conference in which he asserted that genuine Christian fellowship is missional fellowship. I think Francis Chan is partly right there, but the way he said it was striking and revelatoryContinue reading “My first thought wouldn’t be, “Let’s have a gathering.””

Dealing with the Wayward

Dealing with the Wayward Damaris Zehner Recently on iMonk we discussed how a church responded to a young man who confessed to a sin.  We tossed comments back and forth referring to Matthew 18 and both the Gospel and the letters of John.  Most of us seemed to be in agreement that the church’s handlingContinue reading “Dealing with the Wayward”

Eight Traits of a Responsible Ministry

Eight Traits of a Masculine Ministry (John Piper) 1. A masculine ministry believes that it is more fitting that men take the lash of criticism that must come in a public ministry, than to unnecessarily expose women to this assault. 2. A masculine ministry seizes on full-orbed, biblical doctrine with a view to teaching itContinue reading “Eight Traits of a Responsible Ministry”

Expecting Too Much

By Chaplain Mike Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim. Only God knows the real state of our fellowship, of our sanctification. What may appear weak and trifling to us may be great and glorious to God. Just as the Christian should not be constantlyContinue reading “Expecting Too Much”

Carrying One Another

By Chaplain Mike One of my favorite sports stories of all time comes from an incident that took place in a college softball game between Central Washington and Western Oregon in April, 2008. Sara Tucholsky, a senior for Western Oregon, stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and did something she hadContinue reading “Carrying One Another”

Is It a Church?

By Chaplain Mike Damaris sent me a link to an article that appeared in our local Indianapolis paper the other day. You can read it HERE. The title on the web-edition was, “Brownsburg Church Promotes God as an Expert on Sex.” I think the print edition ran a title something like, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll,”Continue reading “Is It a Church?”

“Wish Dream” Community

By Chaplain Mike The restoration of the church must surely depend on a new kind of monasticism, which has nothing in common with the old but a life of uncompromising discipleship, following Christ according to the Sermon on the Mount. I believe the time has come to gather people together and do this. – DietrichContinue reading ““Wish Dream” Community”