April 23, 2014

iMonk Classic: There Is Always a Day Before

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Nov 5, 2009 Note from CM: Soon after this post Michael learned that he himself was sick with an illness that would ultimately take his life. These sobering words are fitting in Lent, and a poignant introduction to this week’s remembrance of the anniversary of Michael’s passing. The […]

Preaching Grace Is A Risky Business

I don’t normally do this. Three posts in one day is a bit much, I know. And I love what Chaplain Mike just put up about The Giving Tree. (If you have not read that, please do. It is a great primer on the whole topic of grace.) But there is such an uproar going […]

iMonk Classic: The Long Dark Night Is Over

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 26, 2008 Note from CM: In honor of the opening of the baseball season, and in remembrance of Michael Spencer’s love for the game, we present this classic post today. “Baseball is not really as much a sport to me as it is an alternate universe where […]

FAQ: On Grace

Update: As I said, the word “grace” causes a lot of Christians to get their undies bunched up. So before you start to tell me just how wrong I am to say that we are saved—and continue in our salvation-–by grace through faith alone, I urge you to scroll over to the righthand side of […]

iMonk Classic: An Excerpt on Grace

From Michael Spencer’s Classic Post, “Our Problem with Grace” Note from CM: Some recent comments prompted me to recall some words from Michael Spencer about grace. It’s what we’re all about here at IM, and it deserves continuing emphasis. The Gospels are full of examples of people whose observable obedience is unimpressive when compared to […]

iMonk Classic: Is There Mental Illness in the Bible?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Nov 25, 2005 Note from CM: As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Bible and depression, we present this classic Michael Spencer post on examples of mental illness in Scripture. Is there mental illness in the Bible? This question seeks to move us toward the question of mental […]

iMonk Classic: The Quotable iMonk

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Quotes from Various IM Posts Note from Chaplain Mike: Instead of running a complete classic Michael Spencer post today, we present some individual passages from past articles expressing Michael’s thoughts on various subjects. We hope you enjoy these bite-sized gems from the Internet Monk’s prolific pen. On the Gospel […]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Ecumenism and A Jesus-Shaped Guest List

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer November 6, 2009 POINT: Evangelicalism contains within itself some almost irresistible itches from its fundamentalist DNA. From time to time, the urge to scratch is almost overwhelming. These itches would include: “Must say that Catholics are not Christians….” “Must say that all things ecumenical are bad unless it’s guys […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (4)

Part Four (conclusion) of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic Michael Spencer post. I’ve Got A Question Are pastors called to be church growth “entrepreneurs?” The contemporary pastorate seems to be all about church growth, not Christian growth. Evangelism has even been eclipsed by church growth. Worship is now about church growth. The […]

iMonk Classic: Those Magnificent Young Men in Their Pastoring Machines (3)

Part Three of a series on pastoral ministry, featuring a classic Michael Spencer post. What’s Not to Like? As I have met and listened to these young pastors, I have been occaisonally impressed, but mostly distressed. With the surprisingly wide reach of some Internet Monk articles, I am sure that some young pastors believe I […]