iMonk Radio Podcast #156

Intro: Update on the book, teaching Mark, Osteen’s ministry lacks Jesus, Losing Mum and Pup,

Today’s program: A letter from a reader and Internet Monk’s response. Choice A: Liturgy, historical connection to tradition, very little Bible teaching. Choice B: Strong biblical teaching, modern worship. Is there a C? Why can we not have the best of both?

iMonk Radio Podcast #155

Shoutout to Van Til in the intro. Then a discussion of evangelical liturgy and the call to worship.

In the second half: veteran worship and ministry leaders, with skill and experience, being shown the door. Is it just to replace them with younger guys that can be told what to do? The focus on church growth is coming back to bite evangelical churches in the long run.

iMonk Radio Podcast #154

Intro: Looking for a car. Found a good long distance service. What can you discuss/display in front of other Christians? Origins of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. “Living the Christian Year” by Bobby Gross.

Big Topic: A response to a family with a teenage son, rattled in his faith after going out into the “real world” and deciding to become atheist. How do parents respond to a child raised in a Christian home, including church life and Christian school, who then rejects Christian faith?

Note: This is what he is talking about with the sock and shoe spinning, based on the idea that Moses took off his shoes because he was on holy ground. Spin Me Right Round Jesus is the first song in a long montage so feel free to bale out at any time.

iMonk Radio Podcast #153

Intro: Michael mentions a couple of blogs authored by his daughter and son-in-law. Keep in mind these podcasts are over a decade old and with the rise in other social media blogging is not what it used to be. These days Ryan Cordle is the vicar of Zion Lutheran Church in Lafayette, Ohio. Here is the website and you could easily lookup the Facebook page. Subscribe to watch live video every Sunday.

Sins of consumerism, might work that thought into something.

Pastoral care; there is a time to lament. Sometimes a wise man says nothing.

Big topic: The emphasis on grace. It’s almost becoming rare to find and a listener writes in to thank Michael for staying with the gospel of grace.

iMonk Radio Podcast #152

Intro: Michael announces “Jesus Shaped Spirituality” for fall 2010. Amy Welborn going into semi-retirement. Lots of chatter about church buildings.

2nd half: The hard truth in the Gospel/Law debate is that the Gospel alone can do it. You don’t need to learn the Law, receive the Gospel, then go back to keeping the Law.

iMonk Radio Podcast #151

Information delivery paradigm. I believe this is the article Michael is responding to. Here is the link.

Why We Love the Church. Do we leave room for the church to be wrong?

Big topic: The influence we have on people over time. The church must be a community of believers doing kingdom work.

iMonk Radio Podcast #149

Michael talks about the new website design of Internet Monk. While that website no longer exists there is a ton of stuff archived at

He talks about what his upcoming book will be about. That is available. Click here to learn more about Mere Churchianity.

Why do evangelicals bring their Bibles to church? Perhaps that’s an odd question for some of you but those with Lutheran or other liturgical backgrounds may wonder. That’s the big topic of today’s podcast.

iMonk Radio Podcast #148

Reclaiming the Mind is now offering every Credo course for as little as $99! “Seminary in your Pocket” is sale priced for clearance. Click here for the entire Credo series currently 93% off.

Reminder: Internet Monk is archived at It can always be found in the right-hand sidebar.

There is a lack of information on why the disciples followed Jesus. When Jesus appeared on the scene, the Kingdom was at hand. He had his foot in the door, so to speak. The disciples made an immediate response because they recognized the Kingdom was moving.

iMonk Radio Podcast #144

Intro music by Christy Nockels.

Q1: Is evangelicalism child abuse? Q2: Should evangelicals apologize?

Trevin Wax interview with Danny Akin, who is still the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Akin put together a plan for the Great Commission Resurgence. His observations on the state of the SBC and the need to engage younger leaders is very relevant today.

iMonk Radio Podcast #143

I have not listened to this one yet. Back in 2009 Michael wrote “This week: a few stories from Advance 09. Friendship. Answers to the ‘Too God-Centered’ Objection.”

Note: this is the third episode in a row he has identified on the air as #142. When he posted it to Internet Monk it was labeled 143. (I listened to the first minute just to make the audio file uploaded correctly.)