High Culture, Low Lifes and Judgement In The Household of God: Answering That Tattoo/Piercing Question

Because I work with students, many of them not Christians, but mostly with some Christian background, I get a lot of questions about certain topics. I could probably post a “Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions From My Students” and you would be surprised at what is not on that list. Understanding that I am campusContinue reading “High Culture, Low Lifes and Judgement In The Household of God: Answering That Tattoo/Piercing Question”

Mohler and Moore on Southern Baptists, Southern Seminary and Alcohol: A meandering response to the forum

Steve McCoy at Reformissionary, recently linked to a forum at Southern Seminary where Drs. Russell Moore and Al Mohler discussed the seminary’s position on the use of alcohol. (Total abstinence is a requirement for teachers and students. Violators will be dismissed.) I welcome this forum, and hope it signals a discussion of the topic. LetContinue reading “Mohler and Moore on Southern Baptists, Southern Seminary and Alcohol: A meandering response to the forum”

An Optimistic View of Blogging Evangelicalism: Community, Confessional Conversations and Adventures In Self-Criticism

On September 17th, I was privileged to present the following paper at the Civitas Conference: “After Evangelicalism,” at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thanks to Joel Hunter for inviting me to be part of a panel entitled: “Blogging Evangelicalism: Benign Influence or Ecclesiastical Menace?” It was great fun for me, and a super birthdayContinue reading “An Optimistic View of Blogging Evangelicalism: Community, Confessional Conversations and Adventures In Self-Criticism”

War of the Worldviews: Temptations for the Church in the Information Age

This is one of the longer pieces I’ve posted on IM recently, and is an attempt to understand some of what we see going on among evangelicals these days through the lens of some basic sociology. Is the behavior of many evangelicals an indicator of Biblical faithfulness….or cultural fear? Are conservative churches growing for theContinue reading “War of the Worldviews: Temptations for the Church in the Information Age”

On Faith's Crumbling Edge: Restoring The Uprooted Assurance Of The Ordinary Christian

Update 6/10/05: Those reading this essay and disagreeing with me might want to check out two other iMonk pieces: When I am Weak and Our Problem With Grace. Both cover my views on sin in the life of the Christian and the Grace that brings assurance in Jesus. I’ve been thinking about the subject ofContinue reading “On Faith's Crumbling Edge: Restoring The Uprooted Assurance Of The Ordinary Christian”

The Preeminent Question

Update: Those of you who like this post would probably enjoy reading four previous IM essays, all hopefully helpful on this topic. A Conversation In God’s Kitchen: Thoughts About The Bible On Christless Preaching A Simple Statement on the Inspiration of the Bible Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs While discussing the doctrine ofContinue reading “The Preeminent Question”

Looking For The Jesus Connection: How did Jesus Fight the "Culture War?"

Information about Justice Sunday at Highview Baptist Chruch can be found at the Lexington Herald Leader. Baptist Press is covering the same story, with a Q&A as well. And for irony’s sake, this story is on the same page. More recent coverage is here. I’m pretty good at seeing connections. I took the Graduate RecordContinue reading “Looking For The Jesus Connection: How did Jesus Fight the "Culture War?"”

Have We Said Too Much? (About Marriage, that is)

Recently, my daughter returned from a conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. She had a fabulous time, but she mentioned something unusual. She said that every public prayer contained a request for God to guide the conference participants in finding a spouse. This wasn’t the theme of the conference, but the conference wasContinue reading “Have We Said Too Much? (About Marriage, that is)”