April 25, 2015

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 […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: April 12, 2015

Note from CM: I’m editing and posting today’s message from Oneida, KY, Michael’s home and place of ministry. Gail and I are visiting Denise and enjoying the beauties of the early Appalachian spring. This message was originally posted in May 2008. • • • ***sigh*** When someone says I’ve written something I shouldn’t have written, […]

iMonk Classic: Death: The Road that Must Be Traveled

  Note from CM: This week, as we commemorate Michael Spencer’s passing five years ago, we thank God for the hope of eternal life and hear this reminder from Michael: “…the Christian does not see death as the triumph of death, but as the giving way of death to life. In the final moments, this […]

What Michael continues to teach me about the one holy, catholic, and apostolic church

I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church, but regret that it doesn’t exist. • William Temple • • • Michael Spencer has been one of my best, most reliable guides in the post-evangelical life I now live. I find it ironic that, at this stage of my life, our experiences of church mirror each other. […]

Some good Michael Spencer quotes — 2004-2009

2004 — What about the day after the party? I think it’s provable again and again that what we are comfortable saying to an unbeliever, we aren’t comfortable saying to a Christian. The Gospel is for Christians, too. We love the story of the Prodigal son. Now, what about the day after the party? What if the […]

Hearing iMonk: (1) Embracing the Church on the Corner

One of the treasures we have not tapped much in the past few years since Michael died has been his podcast ministry. If you go through the archives, you will find posts that offer those podcasts, but the links no longer work. I am trying to get all the podcasts I can find into one location […]

The “Realest” Michael Spencer (Jeff Dunn)

One of my biggest regrets was not meeting Michael Spencer in person. I was his literary agent and, like many of my clients, he communicated with me via email and phone. We never were in the same state together, let alone the same room. I first got to know Michael in 2008. I came across […]

Holy Week 2015: The Yes or No (Michael Spencer)

Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, “Lord, do You wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I do you do not realize now, but you will […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: March 22, 2015

Note from CM: We are drawing near to the fifth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Each Sunday this year we are re-posting some of his encouraging, challenging words. The following is excerpted from a piece he wrote in March 2008. • • • I’m not a literature scholar, but I play one in the classroom several hours a […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: March 15, 2015

Note from CM: We are only about a month away from the fifth anniversary of Michael Spencer’s death. Each Sunday this year we are re-posting some of his encouraging, challenging words. Today we present a longer piece that was first published in March 2006, called “Dying We Live: Pat’s Story.” • • • I never knew Pat when he […]