November 30, 2015

An Advent Sermon by Michael Spencer

Note from CM: Michael Spencer gave this sermon in the third week of Advent, 2006. In the light of yesterday’s post on the collapse of evangelicalism, I thought it timely. Michael explores the arrogance of many of us who wear the name “Christian,” and considers some of the criticisms we’ve received from one who shows a measure […]

iMonk Classic: “Lo, How a Rose…” — Experiencing the Power of Beauty

“Lo, How a Rose” — Experiencing the Power of Beauty Classic iMonk post by Michael Spencer December 2004 It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, […]

iMonk Classic: Riff on “The End of Advent”

Christmas has devoured Advent, gobbled it up with the turkey giblets and the goblets of seasonal ale. Every secularized holiday, of course, tends to lose the context it had in the liturgical year. Across the nation, even in many churches, Easter has hopped across Lent, Halloween has frightened away All Saints, and New Year’s has […]

Classic iMonk: Magic Books, Grocery Lists And Silent Messiahs: How Rightly Approaching The Bible Shapes The Entire Christian Life

Michael Spencer messed with my mind in many ways, but the most lasting was how he taught me to view Scripture. This essay is one of several he wrote that made me look at the Bible in an entirely different way. I hope you find it challenging and provoking as well. JD A Pentecostal evangelist […]

iMonk Classic: Preaching Grace is Risky Business

Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that if we didn’t get complaints that we’d gone too far and said too much, then we probably haven’t really preached the Gospel of grace. That’s been my experience. Almost every time that I preach a strong sermon on justification by grace through faith, by Christ and apart from the works […]

iMonk Classic: I Hate Theology

There is a moment in every torrid romance when things go badly, the magic vanishes, and one looks at the former object of desire in an entirely unsympathetic way. It’s the moment all lovers dread, but if you study the pros, you know its coming. That moment when, despite all efforts to soar above the […]

iMonk Classic: The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated The following toast was taped at the 4,231st Halloween Dance and Potluck, held this year in the basement of the Salem, Masachusetts City Hall. The guest toastmaster was The Great Pumpkin, well known advocate of Halloween among children. Those in attendance included a variety of witches, ghosts, fairies, […]

iMonk Musical Musings (1)

Note from CM: On Saturdays in October, we’ll put together some of Michael Spencer’s thoughts about church music that he expressed over the years here at IM and present them to you for your consideration and discussion. * * * No one will be surprised to hear me say this, but we need to find […]

iMonk Classic: Singing in the Evangelical Liturgy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept. 2009 Note from CM: Back in 2009, Michael Spencer did a series on various elements in a traditional Protestant worship service, discussing how we might understand those elements and use them to revitalize traditional evangelical worship. Today’s post is from that series. * * * Singing. Oh yes….singing. […]

iMonk Classic: To Know We’re Not Alone

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept. 2004 It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, or the sermon or the preacher. […]