January 28, 2015

iMonk Classic: On Christ-less Preaching

Is this a joke? I’ve just heard yet another sermon that never mentioned Jesus anywhere or in any way. No, no, it’s not an oddity or anywhere close to the first time. I’ll estimate that in the last five years I’ve heard at least fifty sermons that totally omitted any mention of Jesus, and many […]

iMonk Classic: Dr. StrangeLiturgy

Here is one of my favorite classic essays by Michael Spencer. I, too, grew up as a believer in the “tent revival” atmosphere. I, too, was taught that liturgy equaled deadness and man-made religion. Now I am looking for liturgy. Now I’m looking for music that is all about God, and not about how I […]

iMonk Classic: A Young Person’s Guide To The Book Of Revelation

This is an essay Michael Spencer prepared as a way to help the young people he taught understand the book of Revelation. I find that, even though I’m no longer “young,” this helps me greatly when preparing to read through what may be the most difficult book in all of Scripture. You may want to […]

iMonk Classic: East Of Eden

Editor’s note: With today being something called “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” (see yesterday’s Saturday Ramblings for more on this), I thought it good to revisit what Michael Spencer had to say about Christians and politics. This essay first appeared in October, 2004, and has been edited for length, and it is still long. But it’s worth […]

iMonk Classic: The Monk Who Wouldn’t Go Away

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: As I prepare to spend a few days at The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, I am catching up on my Thomas Merton. Merton, as you will read below, was Michael Spencer’s hero. I am not nearly as acquainted with the monk as Michael […]

iMonk Classic: On Re-Baptism

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Sept, 2008 Note from CM: A reader wrote me this week and asked about whether she should be re-baptized. After being baptized as an infant, she grew up in a nominal Catholic home, came “back to God” (her words) as an adult, and now the church she […]

iMonk Classic: A Theology of Everything

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Dec, 2004 This is an excerpt from a post Michael wrote in December, 2004. I think it may provide good food for contemplation and discussion at the start of this Labor Day weekend. • • • I have what I call a “Theology of Everything.” I don’t […]

iMonk Classic: The “Absent Gospel” Series (2)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Nov, 2009 As part of our “Gospel Week” emphasis, we are reviewing Michael Spencer’s series on “My Strange Experiences with an Absent Gospel” from November of 2009. Today, parts three and four. • • • My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3) I’ve […]

iMonk Classic: The “Absent Gospel” Series (1)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Nov, 2009 For the next two days, we will review Michael Spencer’s series on “My Strange Experiences with an Absent Gospel” from November of 2009. The original series was in four parts, but we will condense our replay into two posts. Today, we look at parts one […]

iMonk Classic: On the “One True Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 24, 2009 Note from CM: Back in Jan. 2009, Michael wrote a piece called, “Theology, Depression and the Unsolvable Problem of the Right Church.” Today, we present an excerpt from that post for Ecclesia Week. In this essay, the iMonk tries to temper our desire to find […]