November 23, 2017

Archives for February 2010

Open Mic: What Have We Wrought?

This brief video from The BioLogos Foundation features Os Guiness talking about “Science and Faith in the Front Lines of the Culture Wars.” Watch it and let’s have a discussion. Guiness says, “In many ways, the new atheists are partly created by the Religious Right. You can see that in America there is no vehement […]

Classic iMonk: Theology, Depression and the Unsolvable Problem of the Right Church

A note from Chaplain Mike: This classic iMonk post from January 2009 brings together a few important issues that Michael has written about over the years, particularly depression, theology, and the search for a church home. I am going to write rather directly to those of you who feel that you are experiencing some measure […]

Update from Michael: 2/22/10

Chaplain Mike received this note from Denise Spencer today: Michael has finished his second round of chemotherapy treatments. They make him so exhausted that he spends most of his time in bed. His appetite is almost completely gone, too. He’s lost 60 pounds. (Thank You, Lord, for creating Ensure!) It’s very difficult for Michael to […]

In Memoriam: Morning Prayers

By Chaplain Mike Introduction In a vision from another life, I see my wife and I scrambling our four young children into the van and driving out to a house in the country. There, all over the porch and front yard, a recent litter of seventeen puppies cavorts. My kids squeal with delight and go […]

Update: Galli on Grace and Obligation

An update from Chaplain Mike… Last week I put up a post called, “Redeeming a Dirty Word,” in which I tried to say that concepts like “obligation” and “duty” are not the undesirable ideas we have made them out to be in our day. You might want to go back and review the post, and […]

Practice Resurrection, part three

Chaplain Mike continues his response to this new book. We’re back after a break to resume our introduction to and consideration of Eugene Peterson’s latest book. Practice Resurrection is a theological conversation on growing to maturity in Christ, based on a study of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. In concluding his introduction to the epistle, […]

Form for Confession in Lent

Last night in our Ash Wednesday service we used the Litany of Penitence from the Book of Common Prayer. I was impressed with it, as a comprehensive form for confessing our sins before God. I plan on using it throughout the Lenten season in my daily prayers. Perhaps it can be useful to you as […]

Classic iMonk: The Boat in the Backyard

A note from Chaplain Mike: We will be running some posts from the iMonk archives that deal with the subject of depression. This classic post that Michael Spencer wrote in 2004 tells the intimate story of a father’s depression and a boy who finally understands. When I was twelve years old, my father bought a […]

Recommended Reading: First Steps by Noel Cordle

Michael Spencer’s daughter Noel has posted a heartfelt, personal entry on the subject of adoption on her blog, mere musings. The article includes her own personal testimony, a recommendation of the book, Adopted for Life, by Russell D. Moore, and some challenging words for Christians on the subject. Check it out.

The Bible: Rated “R”

Today’s post is from Chaplain Mike. Ok. So, let’s get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick Buechner, who says: When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at […]