May 30, 2015

iMonk Classic: Stupid Ministry Tricks: The Best of My Bone-Headed Ministry Mistakes (+ A Bonus!)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From June 2009 It came to me today that many of you have probably felt that this web site was remiss in offering practical encouragement to those who are laboring in the work of ministry. Here I am, 33+ years into this business, and I haven’t really shared much […]

iMonk Classic: The Question Is God, the Answer is Jesus

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 2009 “Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.” – Martin Luther • • • It’s been a very interesting day. I can’t tell you much about it, but I can tell you something. When a discussion starts about […]

iMonk Classic: No Big Thing

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December, 2007 I want to start this post with a quote from a typical ambitious evangelical church that wants to grow. Get big. Add lots of people. Become “mega.” Get the crowds and their kids in the doors. But I’ve decided not to insult you. If you don’t […]

iMonk Classic: The Light of a Most Obvious Question

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December, 2005 A few weeks ago, I listened to an extraordinary sermon, but not extraordinary in the way you might think. The absence of Jesus in the sermon shook me. Jesus was never mentioned. Not once. Not anywhere. Not ever. Not in any way. Not in the introduction. […]

iMonk Classic: Skip the Carping this Advent

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December, 2006 NOTE: Michael Spencer had many friends with whom he regularly conversed at The Boar’s Head Tavern. Each year they run an Advent blog called, “Go to Bethlehem and See.” I encourage our IM readers to check it out. Today’s classic iMonk post is from the 2006 […]

iMonk Classic: Michael Spencer Helps Us Prepare for Advent

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From November, 2008 Original Title: “Riffs: Joseph Bottum on the End of Advent (and the horror of our version of Christmas)” Many years ago, we made a decision to, as much as possible, speak of Advent and not of Christmas, until Christmas. I’ve never been able to hold off […]

iMonk Classic: The Playwright’s Son

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From November, 2005 Once upon a time there was a playwright. While this playwright was the best who ever lived, his passion was not for his plays, but for his son, the greatest actor of his time. The son loved to act, and to bring joy, truth and meaning […]

iMonk Classic: Subcultural Spirituality or “I know he’s a Christian because I saw it on his bumper sticker.”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August, 2004 One of the axioms of my critique of evangelicalism is this: methodology creates theology. By this I mean that when evangelicals have adopted particular methods, such as the evangelistic sales pitch or the powerpoint designed sermon, they will soon develop an accompanying theology, generally morphed in […]

iMonk Classic: Mainlines — We’re Having a Moment Here

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Original post: July, 2007 I wrote this piece in July of ’07. It garnered 70 comments and some grousy updates on my part. (You can read the original here.) I’m reprinting the post with a clear comment thread because I feel the sentiment I expressed in this piece is […]

iMonk Classic: Standing on My Own Trap Door? or “I’ll Take My Christocentric Theology To Go, Thank You.”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Nov. 29, 2007 Let it be presupposed that every good Christian is to be more ready to save his neighbor’s proposition than to condemn it. If he cannot save it, let him inquire how he means it; and if he means it badly, let him correct him with […]