September 28, 2016

Fridays with Michael Spencer: September 23, 2016

Note from CM: Over the next season on Fridays, we will focus on some of what Michael wrote about the church and church-shaped vs. Jesus-shaped spirituality. • • • I am going to disagree in some fundamental ways with the following statement. “My passion isn’t to build up my church. My passion is for God’s […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: September 5, 2016

Note from CM: I love Labor Day weekend as much as any of the other holiday times during the year here in the U.S. It kicks off fall, my favorite season. It used to signal the beginning of the school year, a blank slate to be filled in, a season of new opportunity for learning […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 29, 2016

Note from CM: While going through old posts today, I found this gem by Michael Spencer. It ties right in with what some folks were saying in the comments the other day — we Christians tend to live in our own little worlds, don’t even know it, imagine that we’re preaching in such a way that will attract […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 22, 2016

Religion #1: God is mean, angry and easily provoked. From day 1, we’ve all been a disappointment, and God is–justly–planning to punish us forever. At the last minute, thanks to Jesus stepping in to calm him down, he decides to be gracious. But don’t do anything to mess that up. Peace is fragile around here. […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 15, 2016

WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH GRACE? Glad you asked. Christians who feel responsible for the “growth” of other Christians. When I was a youth minister charged with turning the rug rats into good little Southern Baptists, my “Grace to Works” ratio was about 10/90, i.e. I talked about grace about ten percent of the time, […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 8, 2016

Note from CM: One of the chief characteristics of Michael Spencer’s life, ministry, and writing was his emphasis on grace. On Mondays for a season, we are drawing from his writings on the subject. • • • For me, the Gospel itself is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The Bible is incomprehensible apart […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: August 1, 2016

Note from CM: One of the chief characteristics of Michael Spencer’s life, ministry, and writing was his emphasis on grace. Over the next season here on IM, we will draw from his writings on the subject and re-present it on Mondays. • • • Lots of times, there’s something I want to write about, but it’s […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: July 11, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: July 11, 2016 Today we continue a series of Monday posts with excerpts of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about the Bible and what it does and does not promise to do for us. • • • To give a human example, brothers: even with a man-made covenant, no one annuls it or adds […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 27, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 27, 2016 Today we continue a series of Monday posts with excerpts of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about the Bible and what it does and does not promise to do for us. • • • Sometimes, the Bible doesn’t give you enough evidence, one way or the other, to settle a question […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 20, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 20, 2016 Today we continue a series of Monday posts with excerpts of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about the Bible and what it does and does not promise to do for us. • • • If you are not used to reading the current non-Christian approach to Paul, I’m here to tell […]