October 18, 2018

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Monday with Michael Spencer: Grace is as dangerous as ever

“Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) When the quality of God’s mercy in the Gospel no longer amazes you, you will begin to justify the dilution of amazing grace into religious grace, or moral grace, or grace in response to something. Real grace is simply inexplicable, inappropriate, out […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: You Need to Get Rid of Some of Your Theology

Originally posted in 2009 Some of you won’t like what I’m about to say, but trust me, I’m not shooting at you. I’m not shooting at anyone. I’m trying to be pastoral, if there’s any hope that I have any pastoral instincts left. Here’s the word: Some of us need to let go of some […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Warning! Be Careful!

From 2008 Is it just me, or are some Christians putting too much emphasis on the Gospels? There’s a lot of talk about the Kingdom of God in the Gospels. That gets many people off on the wrong track entirely. Some people are always quoting the parables or Jesus’ sermons. All of these things need […]

Wednesday in Holy Week: Following Jesus or Drinking the Kool-Aid?

From 2008 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”….And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called […]

Tuesday in Holy Week: The Abbreviated Jesus

From 2008. The other day a strange feeling came over me. Don’t get me wrong about what I’m about to say here. It was just a feeling. I’m not claiming any powers of discernment or certainty. I got the distinct feeling there’s something wrong with a lot of people who say they are Jesus-followers/believers. If […]

Monday in Holy Week 2018: The Jesus Disconnect

Note from CM: Back in 2009, Michael Spencer some posts exploring what he called, “The Jesus Disconnect.” Here is an edited version of the first post in that series. In my experience, one reason people fail to enter in to a deep appreciation of Holy Week and miss its full significance is that they have failed […]

Classic iMonk: The Poetry of the Bible

I have a Sunday off this week! While we’re in Valparaiso, enjoying our grandkids, here is an excerpt for you from a post by Michael Spencer that was originally published in February 2007. • • • The Bible not only contains poetry, but it is poetic in its entire vision of reality. Poetic language is frequently […]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Note from CM: Here is one of Michael’s all-time best posts, a classic example of why people loved and listened to him. He spoke as a human being to other human beings. Our Christian faith doesn’t permit us to skip the “human” part, though many of its practitioners advertise it in precisely those terms. In […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey

Note from CM: Here in the season of Epiphany, we present Michael’s testimony about his spiritual journey, one which encourages us to know that God is still revealing himself to us through Jesus. • • • Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey A Classic iMonk Post from 2009 I can’t speak for anyone else, […]

iMonk Classic: The Mood of Advent

I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more questions about Advent itself. For example, the mood of Advent is dark and serious. It’s not the mood of Lent, which is a particular […]