August 1, 2015

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 26, 2015

Note from CM: You will find a link to the HubbleSite in our Links list as well as in this post. I encourage you to go there often and “consider the heavens.”  • • • One of my life-long loves is astronomy. I’ve owned some very nice telescopes, and I’ve spent many a clear, cold […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 19, 2015

Note from CM: I know we just posted a portion of what Michael Spencer had to say about Young Earth Creationism last Sunday, but another disturbing situation was reported this past week, which shows me that we need to keep beating this drum at Internet Monk. Deborah Haarsma at Biologos writes about Jim Stump’s resignation […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 12, 2015

The young earth creationists believe that Genesis 1 is “literally” a description of creation. I do not. It is this simple disagreement that is the cornerstone of my objection to their interpretation. I believe that Genesis 1 is a prescientific description of Creation intended to accent how Yahweh’s relationship with the world stands in stark […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: July 5, 2015

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,”I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” • 1 Corinthians 1:18-19 • • • Every so […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 28, 2015

Paul made a lot of sin lists. You know, lists of sins. If you’re a preacher or teacher, you’ve probably used Paul’s sin lists a few times as the raw material for a talk or sermon. You’ve walked through the list, one sin at a time and said a little something about each one. It […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 21,2015. Father’s Day Edition

From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day. Thank you, Michael. • • • When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people to use for fishing in the local lakes. He put it in our backyard. It had a tiny […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 14, 2015

Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. John 7:37: On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 7, 2015

From June 2009. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” • Matthew 6:33 NLT 1. You won’t get very far in following Jesus if you don’t have some idea of what “the Kingdom of God” means, because Jesus talks about it constantly, and […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 31, 2015

From June 2006, edited. Entertainment. Entertainment is an idolatry that has become so much a part of evangelicalism that you almost can’t talk about it. Unlike “God and Country” patriotism, which is something you can point at and say “There it is. Let’s discuss it,” entertainment has become part of everything evangelicals do.

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 24, 2015

If you haven’t read them recently, the relevant passages on Spiritual gifts are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4. Most of us who are old enough recall when we first heard teaching on the subject of “spiritual gifts,” or charismata. For me, it was in the Charismatic movement’s first wave, which involved […]