October 4, 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 14, 2015

Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. John 7:37: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 7, 2015

From June 2009. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” • Matthew 6:33 NLT 1. You won’t get very far in following Jesus if you don’t have some idea of what “the Kingdom of God” means, because Jesus talks about it constantly, and […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 19, 2015

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 him. And […]

Practices that help keep Jesus in the center

We here at Internet Monk are committed to continuing Michael Spencer’s legacy of what he called “Jesus-shaped spirituality.” I am always happy to shore up our understanding and practice in this area, as one of our commenters suggested in last week’s post about what conversations we should be having in 2015. If you follow the link […]

Hard-Ass Leadership?

I will resist the temptation to make this a mere rant today. Although everything within me wants to simply mock and shred the article to which I will respond, in this case I don’t think it would be the best approach. I say this because the subject is not just a matter of Christian silliness, […]


Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919) the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance was a leader of the church during the early days of the Pentecostal movement. As a result many of the big debates in the church were around the topics of holiness, sanctification, and the charismatic gifts of the Spirit like speaking in tongues […]

What is Church?

Chaplain Mike declared in a previous post that he was a Liturgical Christian. I cannot say the same for myself. While I have a lot of respect for liturgical and sacramental traditions, my own significant spiritual growth did not come in a liturgical church setting. In fact, you could argue that it did not even […]

Another Look: Willimon on Jesus – Vagabond, Peacemaker, Storyteller

Note from CM: This week we are focusing on Jesus-shaped spirituality. One thing I am doing is going back and taking a look at some of my favorite authors and books that have helped me know Christ and his way better. Here is one part of a review I did in 2011 of Will Willimon’s […]

Jesus-Shaped Spirituality: A Eucharistic Life

I am a liturgical Christian. By that I do not mean that I prefer a certain style of worship. Rather, it means that I accept the wisdom of the traditional pattern of worship. I have written about this in a post called, “The Order of Christian Worship.” The traditional pattern reenacts the drama of the […]

iMonk Classic: What Is Jesus-Shaped Spirituality?

Note from CM: Recently, a reader suggested we reiterate and shore up our understanding of Michael Spencer’s iconic phrase: “Jesus-shaped Spirituality.” Here is Michael’s post from February 2009 in which he outlines its characteristics. * * * What Is Jesus-Shaped Spirituality? A Classic Michael Spencer Post, from Feb. 2009 The past year and a half […]