iMonk Classic: All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” * * * MondayContinue reading “iMonk Classic: All to no end…save beauty, the eternal”

A Gospel-Shaped Imagination

Fridays in Ephesus (3) A Gospel-Shaped Imagination During Eastertide on Fridays, we are reflecting on insights from Timothy Gombis’s recent book, The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God. • • • Timothy Gombis suggests that Ephesians 1:3-14, the panoramic doxology that opens Paul’s epistle, is designed to give Christian people “Gospel-shaped imaginations.”Continue reading “A Gospel-Shaped Imagination”

IM Book Review: The Great Emergence

If I were a certain kind of preacher or Bible teacher, I might try to make some “spiritual law” out of this. As it is, I will take it as a interpretive way of looking at history that may help people of faith who are concerned about the Church discern some instructive patterns and enableContinue reading “IM Book Review: The Great Emergence”

Don’t Misunderstand the Ancient-Future Path

By Chaplain Mike It’s probably clear to many of you by now that I have a great deal of sympathy for the Ancient-Future path as a hopeful way of revitalizing evangelicalism in this post-evangelical era. But I’m afraid people may have the wrong conception of what I’m talking about when I refer to the Ancient-FutureContinue reading “Don’t Misunderstand the Ancient-Future Path”

Father of the Ancient-Future Path

By Chaplain Mike Bob Webber grew up a staunch fundamentalist. His parents were missionaries in Africa who later returned to Pennsylvania to take up ministry in a Baptist church. He attended Bob Jones University. As an adult he became a professor at the more mainstream evangelical Wheaton College. Webber was immersed from birth in theContinue reading “Father of the Ancient-Future Path”

iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated “What this says to you and me who have to live with the business of trying to confess our sins is that confession is not a pre-condition of forgiveness. It’s something that you do after you know you have been forgiven. Confession is not something you do inContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God”

Liturgical Gangstas 5: “When Were You Saved?”

Welcome to IM’s popular regular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Rev. Peter Vance Matthews is an Anglican priest and founding pastor of an AMIA congregation. Dr. Wyman Richardson is a pastorContinue reading “Liturgical Gangstas 5: “When Were You Saved?””

The Liturgical Gangstas 3: The Authority/Dissent Issue

Welcome to IM’s popular new feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Rev. Peter Vance Matthews is an Anglican priest and founding pastor of an AMIA congregation. Dr. Wyman Richardson is a pastorContinue reading “The Liturgical Gangstas 3: The Authority/Dissent Issue”

Ian Cron: The Internet Monk Interview

One of the communicators and writers that has really fed my mind and soul this year is Ian Cron, founding pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. Ian is a unique and gifted person who incorporates so much of what I am attracted to when I talk about a “Happy Enough Protestant” and a “Post-Evangelical”Continue reading “Ian Cron: The Internet Monk Interview”