August 27, 2016

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 […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 6, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: June 6, 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. • • • So why do we have four Gospels? To get the story right, and to get all the […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 30, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 30, 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. • • • I don’t believe in inerrancy, a view of how scripture is inspired that means well, but just […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 23, 2016

Mondays with Michael Spencer: May 23, 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. • • • I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where […]