December 3, 2016

iMonk Classic: On Another Shore, In a Greater Light

A Classic Michael Spencer Post From Christmas 2008 My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and […]

Reconsider Jesus – Moving Forward

When many of the Dead Sea Scrolls faced delay in publication, conspiracy theories started to abound:  What was it in the scrolls that the Vatican wanted to keep secret?  Were they harmful to the church?  Did they dispute the claims of Christianity?  In fact the truth is a little more boring than that. The original […]

iMonk Classic: Keep Going

A classic Michael Spencer post from October 2009. More self-indulgent thoughts on my life. Skip if that annoys you. In the middle of this week, I heard some seriously bad health news about a good friend. Yesterday, I had to turn down an opportunity I really wanted to accept. Last night, I got a confusing […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Sent Out

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are looking at a part of Michael Spencer’s writing and speaking on Mark 6. I accidentally skipped ahead and will be returning to Mark 5 next week.  The material being covered […]

iMonk Classic: Christian without the Adjectives

Classic iMonk Post By Michael Spencer From September 11, 2008 I have been reading a novel, and the protagonist is an Italian immigrant, and Catholic. At the end of a long introductory description, it simply said, “…he was a Christian.” Now for some reason this struck me. It’s not that I’m enamored with the word. […]

Reconsider Jesus – What was Jesus Like?

On Fridays we are taking a journey with Michael Spencer through the Gospel of Mark. We have found many of his writings and sermons on Mark and are editing and compiling them into a book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. The following is a blog post written […]

Reconsider Jesus – Once Saved Always Saved?

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are continuing with some of his thoughts on The Seed and the Soil from Mark 4:1-8; 13-20 that we introduced two weeks ago.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter […]

Reconsider Jesus – An Ode to Michael Spencer

For the past number of Fridays we have been presenting excerpts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week, one of our editors of the project, Scott Lenke, introduces himself, and tells us what drew him to Michael Spencer and this project.  Scott […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Seed and the Soil

The following is a small excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter 4 are edited by Scott Lencke. Check out his excellent blog! If you would like to be contacted when Michael Spencer’s book is available for purchase, […]

Difficult Scripture – Why Did Jesus Stop Reading When He Did?

Over the past several Fridays we have been looking at extracts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book, Reconsider Jesus – A Fresh Look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. In our extract a few weeks back Michael Spencer wrote: The good news is about God and what God is doing. It is not about me. […]