January 20, 2017

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Fridays with Michael Spencer: January 20, 2017

From a classic Michael Spencer post. May, 2008 There are some places that Christians will allow you to stand up and say “the sermon is pop psych” or “I’m not a young earth creationist” or “why do we act like we just invented Christianity this year?” What a gift it is to be able to […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Jan 6, 2017

To Do the Best with What We Have from January 2008 * * * Note: The following incident is fictionalized from real experience. I look at my watch. It’s time for a counseling appointment. I clear my desk, bring in the extra chairs and wait. My appointment arrives and the conversation begins. This is a […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: On Christmas Eve Eve

A Classic Michael Spencer Post From Christmas 2008 My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 16, 2016

He became the reconciling place where opposites met. He was the meeting place of God and man. Man the aspiring and God the inspiring meet in Him. Heaven and earth came together and are forever reconciled. The material and the spiritual after their long divorce have in Him found their reconciliation. The natural and the […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 9, 2016

Note from CM: At the end of this week when I have been involved in a training for bereavement caregivers, I thought this eloquent statement of faith by Michael Spencer, “In the End, God Knows Us,” appropriate for our meditation. • • • But now that you have come to know God, or rather to […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: December 2, 2016

Today, Michael Spencer’s classic post, “Lo, How a Rose:” Experiencing The Power of Beauty. • • • It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, and […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Nov. 18, 2016

Note from CM: An iMonk classic, and one of Michael’s very best and most personal pieces. • • • The Boat In The Backyard A father’s depression and a boy who finally understands by Michael Spencer Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? • Psalm 42:5 When […]

Election Day Special: Bob Is Angry on Election Day

Note from CM: Michael originally wrote this for the 2008 election. • • • Today being election day, and many of my evangelical friends being in somewhat of a foul mood, for reasons that, as of 12:28 p.m., are suspected and not yet clear, I found myself thinking about a fellow I’ll call Bob. I […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: November 4, 2016

Note from CM: For a time Michael Spencer called himself a “Calvinist” and dwelt among the reformed. But he recognized pretty soon that there were a lot of ways he didn’t fit in. For our final “reformation consideration” this week, we present this address MS made to his friends in that world. • • • […]

Pic & Post of the Week: Halloween Classic Edition

(Click on picture for larger image) Note from CM: Because tomorrow is Halloween, our pic & poem post will become a pic & post article — excerpted from one of Michael Spencer’s classic Halloween pieces. • • • The world of the imagination has always been essential to human beings, but they’ve never known just what […]