February 21, 2017

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Michael Spencer 101

Note from CM: It occurred to me that some of our newer readers and folks who are passing by might not know that this blog was the brain-child of Michael Spencer, who became known as “The Internet Monk.” As you’ll see below, the site is so named because of his affection for Thomas Merton of Gethsemani Abbey […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: February 10, 2017

⍎ Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, […]

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 […]