March 24, 2017

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 […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 10, 2017 — On “The Shack”

Note from CM: Boy oh boy, did Michael Spencer ever get in trouble with the Reformed blogosphere back in 2008 when he recommended The Shack, the novel by William P. Young. Well, last week it was released as a movie, and the doctrinaire sorts are having anxiety attacks once more. Tim Challies (who opined about its heresies […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Feb. 24, 2017

Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences arrived, to be completely defensive. Insight into his own character wasn’t much of an interest. Finding others guilty […]

Michael Spencer 101

Note from CM: It occurred to me that some of our newer readers and folks who are passing by might not know that this blog was the brain-child of Michael Spencer, who became known as “The Internet Monk.” As you’ll see below, the site is so named because of his affection for Thomas Merton of Gethsemani Abbey […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: February 10, 2017

⍎ Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: January 27, 2017

From March 2008 A truly prominent, not-post anything blogger has put forward the following theory: Those who use the prefix “post” to describe themselves are claiming to be smarter than those who don’t. Example: A “post-modernist” is saying “I used to be mired in the darkness of modernism, but now, through my superior intellect, I […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: January 20, 2017

From a classic Michael Spencer post. May, 2008 There are some places that Christians will allow you to stand up and say “the sermon is pop psych” or “I’m not a young earth creationist” or “why do we act like we just invented Christianity this year?” What a gift it is to be able to […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: Jan 6, 2017

To Do the Best with What We Have from January 2008 * * * Note: The following incident is fictionalized from real experience. I look at my watch. It’s time for a counseling appointment. I clear my desk, bring in the extra chairs and wait. My appointment arrives and the conversation begins. This is a […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: On Christmas Eve Eve

A Classic Michael Spencer Post From Christmas 2008 My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and […]