March 23, 2017

iMonk Classic: On Being Too God-Centered

Note from CM: This week we will be exploring some themes related to the idea of “ordinary Christianity” or “quiet Christianity” — what Michael called here, “Christian humanism.” This essay will provide a good introduction to the week. Read also: Interesting column on the paradoxes of Calvinism. Udo Middleman on “The Islamization of Christianity.” * […]

iMonk Classic: Grace Is As Dangerous As Ever

A classic Michael Spencer post from May, 2007. The last few weeks of my men’s morning Bible study has been about “Texts That Will Get You In Trouble,” and we spent two sessions on John 8, and Jesus’ words to the woman caught in adultery: “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” […]

iMonk Classic: Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

From April 24, 2008. “My theology is simply what I read in the Bible.” Sure it is. “What I believe and practice is simply what the Bible teaches and nothing else.” Of course. What else could be simpler? I’m sure several of you won’t be surprised at all to learn that I meet with a […]

iMonk Classic: I’m Right on This One

Now we come to something very important. The constant emphasis on the victorious life or the good Christian life is the Antichrist as it pertains to the gospel. Here’s why. If I am _________ (fill in your favorite victorious-life terminology), then will I be in a position to be grateful for what Jesus did when […]

iMonk Classic: In the End God Knows Us

Our brother, Michael Spencer joined the church triumphant on April 5, 2010, and was laid to rest on April 10, 2010. Today and tomorrow we feature special posts to honor him. * * * But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God… – Galatians 4:9a, ESV I’ve […]

iMonk Classic: Looking For An Exit From The Journey With Jesus

First published in March 2009 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?” Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? The […]

iMonk Classic: What Is Jesus-Shaped Spirituality?

Note from CM: Recently, a reader suggested we reiterate and shore up our understanding of Michael Spencer’s iconic phrase: “Jesus-shaped Spirituality.” Here is Michael’s post from February 2009 in which he outlines its characteristics. * * * What Is Jesus-Shaped Spirituality? A Classic Michael Spencer Post, from Feb. 2009 The past year and a half […]

My Favorite Post from Michael Spencer

Note from CM: I try to publish this about once a year. The truth is, I need it about once a week, if not more often. Of all that Michael Spencer wrote, this was the piece that convinced me of the genius of Mike’s spiritual insight and his ability to present that in plain-spoken terms. […]

iMonk Classic: To Do the Best with What We Have

To Do the Best with What We Have A Classic Michael Spencer Post From January 2008 The following incident is fictionalized from real experience. I look at my watch. It’s time for a counseling appointment. I clear my desk, bring in the extra chairs and wait. My appointment arrives and the conversation begins. This is […]

One Foot In The Wilderness

Michael Spencer kept looking over his shoulder. He was willing to express views that were not popular among others of his denomination and he expressed concern that there were individuals out there who were looking for opportunities to “report” him to the administrators at the school where he worked. I got a real sense of […]