September 24, 2018

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Monday with Michael Spencer: How to Talk (and Not to Talk) to Evangelicals on a Journey

Monday with Michael Spencer How to Talk (and Not to Talk) to Evangelicals on a Journey From 2009 Dear Well-Meaning Non-Evangelical Friend, Please sit down, have a cup of tea or coffee…and listen. I see that you’ve responded to some of us who are pilgrims in the evangelical community and who are on a journey […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Evangelicals and Spiritual Formation

Note from CM: Michael Spencer asked the following questions ten years ago. Has anything changed? I no longer live as a participant in the evangelical world. At times I have heard rumblings of evangelicals talking about “spiritual practices” and so on, but it’s pretty obvious to me that if I want to go somewhere for […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: A Couple of Surprising Encouragements

Monday with Michael Spencer A Couple of Surprising Encouragements Today, I offer a couple of stories about the grace that’s all around us, that appears in small ways, and might appear more often if we prayed and took notice of where Jesus said the Kingdom appears. I. On Thursday, almost everyone I work with was […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: A Chronicle of the Journey (2008)

Monday with Michael Spencer A Chronicle of the Journey (2008) In April of 06, I felt God instructing me to resign from the church I was serving. It was the church our family called home for a decade. I’d served them for 12 years. I had no idea that it was the end of almost […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: “I Miss You” (A Lament)

Monday with Michael Spencer “I Miss You” (A Lament) How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? • Psalm 13:1-2 • • • I miss you, God. […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Some thoughts about the institution

If you look at the church throughout time, cultures and history, I believe you will conclude there are three aspects to the church. (Consider this semi-original with me.) The church is a movement started by Jesus; a culture crossing, church planting movement that proclaims the Gospel in the power of the Spirit. This movement takes […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: The Boat in the Backyard

From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day, and one of Michael’s most personal and very best posts. • • • When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people to use for fishing in the local lakes. He put it […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: What You Can’t Say Around Other Christians

Note from CM: Here is an excerpt from one of Michael’s posts in 2008. I think it ends up being an excellent summary of some of the reasons this blog exists and what Michael and we in the next generation of Internet Monk try to accomplish. • • • Wednesday with Michael Spencer From What […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: John 3:16 and the Importance of the Old Testament

Note from CM: Andy Stanley raised a bit of a theological ruckus last week when he suggested to seekers of the Christian faith that they should “unhitch” it from the Old Testament. We’ll probably talk a bit more about this in the days to come, but today I thought I’d re-run this older post by […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: Searching for a Community of Strugglers

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. (Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Galatians, 4:19, NLT) This line from Paul has stayed with me for two days. It comes from a section of the […]