May 1, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: April 18, 2016

Note from CM: For the next several weeks, we will hear some of what Michael Spencer had to say on the subject of eschatology — the last things. We begin with a post from a series in 2008 called, “Too Much Heaven?” • • • I grew up and was formed in a version of […]

Best of Michael Spencer: Real Apologetics

Note from CM: This was Michael’s final post on Internet Monk: Feb. 10, 2010. • • • A brief word from Michael The ultimate apologetic is to a dying man. That is what all those “Where is God?” statements in the Psalms are all about. They are, at least partially, invitations to Christians to speak […]

Best of Michael Spencer: The Coming Evangelical Collapse

Note from CM: This is the article that brought Michael what he called his “15 minutes.” There would be two more posts on the subject (linked at the bottom). Though he claimed to not be a prophet, he had a great deal of insight about the culture of evangelicalism in the U.S. and where it […]

Best of Michael Spencer: Wretched Urgency

Note from CM: Today, we present Michael’s classic critique of revivalistic fundamentalism that introduced a key term into the post-evangelical lexicon. • • • Wretched Urgency: The Grace of God, or Hamsters on a Wheel? My friend and prayer partner just looked across the lunch table and said I didn’t look good. In fact, he said […]

Best of Michael Spencer: When I Am Weak

Note from CM: Yesterday, we marked the sixth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Today I want to share my favorite Michael Spencer essay. An eloquent expression of the Christian life as viewed through the theology of the cross, this post represents Michael at his most honest and transparent. This perspective helped me move toward practicing my […]

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, […]

Best of Michael Spencer: Our Problem with Grace

NOTE FROM CM: As we begin our week of classic Michael Spencer posts, this is the ideal place to start. In his eulogy at Michael’s memorial service, David Head said, “The grace of Jesus is, to use Jesse Stuart’s wonderful phrase, “the thread that runs so true” through Michael’s life.” In this post the Internet Monk […]

Such strange grace

April 5 will mark six years since Michael Spencer’s death. We will be devoting next week to some of his most memorable writings, writings that helped many of us survive wilderness journeys akin to his own. Today, I had lunch with a friend who I was encouraging to write for us. She has had a fascinating […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: March 14, 2016

How God Ruined Church for Me An edited version of a 2007 post by Michael Spencer You see, it’s supposed to work like this: The world of churches is like a big mall, and there are many different kinds of stores. You choose one store–ONE–and you go there for everything you need. You are LOYAL […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: March 7, 2016

On Mondays we’ve been looking at several things that Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, wrote on the subject of preaching. Today, an article about the relationship of public scripture reading to preaching, and a commendation of the former. Past posts: • Part 1: The sermon’s too long • Part 2: The sermon’s boring • Part 3: The sermon — I don’t understand it […]