March 22, 2018

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Somewhere in the basement of the DNC…

Somewhere in the Basement of the DNC… by Michael Spencer Memo to: The Committee of Twelve From: Darwin Mapplethorp Kennedy IV, Campaign Development Director, 2004 Democratic Presidential Campaign RE: Prospects for taking the Presidency in 2004 As all of you are aware by now, plans for the 2004 Presidential campaign are already being implemented. As […]

The boat in the backyard

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? • David, The Psalms When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people […]

We don’t need no stinkin’ definitions

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Definitions Liberals pull something called Christianity out of a hat. by Michael Spencer As a competitor to traditional Christianity, liberalism is a fascinating opponent. When it comes to generals and officers, they have more than they need. But when it comes to actual troops committed to the battle, it’s a […]

Preserve, protect, defend

Preserve, Protect, Defend by Michael Spencer I am frequently asked to explain what is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. As anyone who has read the philosophy of this web site knows, I have a clear opinion on that subject. In short, Republicans seek to preserve what is essential about American life, while Democrats seek […]

Death: The road that must be traveled

Death: The Road That Must Be Traveled For this boy, coming to terms with death ain’t no easy thing. by Michael Spencer Perhaps passing through the gates of death is like passing through the gate in a pasture fence. On the other side, you keep walking, without the need to look back. No shock, no […]

He found it

He Found It The press keeps a straight face for the Howard Dean Tent Revival. by Michael Spencer I really can’t blame Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean for talking about religion, even if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s been proven that the public will pay attention to what politicians say about religion […]

Sex in dangerous places: A letter of advice about sex and the single Christian guy

Sex in Dangerous Places A letter of advice about sex and the single Christian guy. by Michael Spencer Dear Thomas, Thanks for your letter. Has it really been years? Perhaps I should just admit that I am a very poor correspondent, and not act like I didn’t know I have neglected our friendship. I hope […]

Lessons of the gladiator

Lessons of the Gladiator by Michael Spencer Stock car racing is one of those gems of America’s heartland that must be a complete puzzle to the coastal cultural gatekeepers. With its roots in running moonshine and it’s heroes being very blue-collar, non-PBS types, it surely seems a very bizarre universe of grown men acting like […]

A Father’s Day remembrance

A Father’s Day Remembrance The Memories, Love and Lessons That Came From Our Dads by Michael Spencer The more time passes, the more I love my dad, S.L. “Sim” Spencer, who passed away in 1993. Maybe it has to do with walking through more and more of the life that he lived, as I grow […]

Talk hard: The role of the critic in Christianity

Talk Hard In which the iMonk describes and defends the role of the critic in Christianity. by Michael Spencer In the almost four years that The Internet Monk web site has been posting my thoughts on the door of the world, I’ve received over a thousand letters. Pretty cool. And 95 percent of them have […]