January 20, 2017

Clinical Depression vs. the Rich Tapestry of Human Experience

Yesterday’s comments prompted me to do some thinking, especially about one of the questions — “Does depression ever have a useful purpose?” My first inclination is to say, “No,” at least when we are speaking of clinical depression. There are different types of clinically diagnosed depression, and they all represent organic ailments that can disrupt life and lead […]

Another Look: Depression, the Bible, and the Perils of Being Too Spiritual

Originally posted in 2011. The other day I was reading a blog that will remain unnamed. I’m not interested in interacting personally with the author or “answering” his post. I simply want to use his take on a particular subject as an illustration to make a point here today. That point is: The Bible simply does not speak […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: October 21, 2011

In Screwtape Letter 10, the senior tempter reminds Wormwood that, as much as possible, he should strive to have his patient lead two completely separate and parallel lives. It’s basic demonic advice, and few of us would need much explanation. Someone ought to add that’s there’s no good reason to stop at two separate lives. Three, four, […]

Limping to the Pulpit

This coming Sunday, I will be preaching in the congregation where I last served as a pastor. They are in good hands now, under the ministry of Pastor Dan, and I enjoy going back now and then to see folks. I love the people there, and it is always hard to find time to see everyone […]

Threescore and ? — Beginning the last lap

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. • Psalm 90:10, KJV • • • Well, I’ve gone and done it. Used up my threescore. Today […]

Best of Michael Spencer: Death – The Road that Must Be Traveled

Note from CM: Michael died on this day six years ago. O Lord, the God of mercies,  grant unto the souls of Thy servants, the anniversary day of whose death we are keeping,  a place of solace,  of peaceful rest,  of glorious light. Through Christ our Lord, Amen. • • • Death: The Road that Must Be Traveled  For this boy, […]

Another Look: Depression and Delight

Note from CM: I’ve been in a funk for several weeks now. Functioning okay, but with little enthusiasm or joy. I needed to read this post I wrote back in 2012. I may need it again tomorrow, and the next day . . . • • • The opposite of depression is delight, being spontaneously […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 28, 2015

Paul made a lot of sin lists. You know, lists of sins. If you’re a preacher or teacher, you’ve probably used Paul’s sin lists a few times as the raw material for a talk or sermon. You’ve walked through the list, one sin at a time and said a little something about each one. It […]

Merton on Humility

Lord, You have taught us to love humility, but we have not learned. We have learned only to love the outward surface of it — the humility that makes a person charming and attractive. We sometimes pause to think about these qualities, and we often pretend that we possess them, and that we have gained […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 4, 2015

Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Throughout the year, we will feature special remembrances to honor his memory and contributions. One of the ways we will do that is to give Michael his say every Sunday. We continue today, with a post that was […]