August 15, 2018

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iMonk Classic: What Is Heaven?

Heaven: An interesting topic. Basically, I think we look at it entirely backwards, and really, the Matrix and Capon on Genesis have been extremely helpful to my own thoughts. I am not looking forward to going there. I think I am there. The idea that there is a place where God “is” as opposed to […]

iMonk Classic: A Reformation Day Meditation

From Oct. 31, 2005. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run […]

iMonk Classic: Sin to Spite the Devil

From 2004. “Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with […]

iMonk Classic: The One and Only

By Michael Spencer — October 2006 For evangelical people, our authority is the God who has spoken supremely in Jesus Christ. And that is equally true of redemption or salvation. God has acted in and through Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. I think it’s necessary for evangelicals to add that what God has […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Some “Culture” Quotes

Note from CM: In the light of another wave of evangelical culture war angst regarding the LGBTQ discussion, I thought a few direct and common sense thoughts from Michael Spencer might be in order today. • • • Picking and Choosing the Sins We Hate Where I live, our community is ravaged by poverty. Visible […]

Bible Week: Quotes about the Bible – Michael Spencer

Quotes about the Bible #4: Michael Spencer How do I Interpret the Bible? Ever think of the Bible as….a grocery store? I worked at grocery stores for a long time. People come into the store with their grocery lists, and they know what they are looking for. They need some bananas, ice cream, a case […]

Holy Wednesday 2017: The Day Before

Holy Wednesday 2017 NOTE: On Wednesday of Holy Week, this classic Michael Spencer post from November, 2009 reminds us that tomorrow may find us taking a journey into the unknown. Tomorrow is Thursday, and we have plans for supper and a walk in the garden. • • • The news story is strange and tragic. Three college […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 31, 2017. Opening Day Edition

Note from CM: Michael Spencer, one of the world’s greatest baseball fans, died on Opening Day of the MLB season — April 5, 2010. The box score above shows that his beloved Cincinnati Reds lost that night to the St. Louis Cardinals. Win or lose, I can’t think of Michael without smiling in brotherly sympathy with his […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 24, 2017

From a 2007 post by Michael Spencer What do you do when God answers your prayers? I am a fairly consistent reader and user of the Book of Psalms in my devotional life and worship leadership. Along the way, I’ve noticed that many of the Psalms are prayer or report episodes of prayer in the […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: 3/17/17

From a 2009 post by Michael Spencer The following is from a 2008 interview with Richard Foster: What is the discipline that you think we need to be exploring more at this point? Solitude. It is the most foundational of the disciplines of abstinence, the via negativa. The evangelical passion for engagement with the world is […]