August 26, 2016

iMonk: The “Real” Prosperity Gospel

Excerpt from a classic Michael Spencer post, September, 2008 * * * The real prosperity gospel isn’t the overt appeal to wealth. It is the more subtle appeal to God guaranteeing that we are going to be happy, and the accompanying pressure to be happy in ways that are acceptable and recognizable to the community […]

iMonk: Doing the Math

A classic Michael Spencer post from April, 2009. I’m not very good at math, and I’m worse at being a Jesus follower, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. I starting doing some personal math this morning as I started my day, and I made a discovery. I could no longer deny […]

iMonk: Hunger and Thirst after [Christ’s] Righteousness

A classic Michael Spencer post from April, 2007 And that’s about it, friends. Be glad in God! I don’t mind repeating what I have written in earlier letters, and I hope you don’t mind hearing it again. Better safe than sorry — so here goes. Steer clear of the barking dogs, those religious busybodies, all […]

A Friend Who Saved My Life

On August 26, 2008, at twenty four minutes past midnight, I left my first comment on a fascinating blog I had started reading called, “Internet Monk.” An article with the intriguing title “Wretched Urgency” had been re-posted, and I found it compelling. Here was my response to the post’s author, Michael Spencer: You tell the truth. […]

Holy Week: There is Always a Day Before (iMonk Classic)

NOTE: As we begin Holy Week, this classic Michael Spencer post from November, 2009 reminds us that each day, each week is a journey into the unknown. We never know if the cross is waiting for us this Friday. Michael wrote these words shortly before he learned that he had a terminal illness. * * […]

iMonk: Roman Catholicism – An Appreciation

From the classic Michael Spencer post, Yo Ho Ho, A Papist’s Life for Me? NOTE: In honor of the new Pope, we present this portion of an essay by Michael, in which he expresses several reasons why he appreciates the Roman Catholic Church and tradition. Be aware, this was not all he had to say. […]

iMonk: And Some Doubted

From a classic Michael Spencer post, March 2007 The Bible can be amazing. We can say all the theologically correct things you can think of, but when the Bible surprises you, when it reaches across the centuries and touches you with a sentence or a phrase, there’s something very special that convinces you on a […]

iMonk: Ten Ways I Have Changed

A classic Michael Spencer post from April, 2008. A friend of mine recently said, “It sure seems that you’ve gone through a lot of phases during your time as a blogger.” I’m sure it seems that way, but most of that is an illusion of the blogging life. The people around me wouldn’t have any […]

iMonk: Post-Stupid?

“I am on a post-evangelical journey, discovering what it means to be vitally connected to Jesus.” * * * A classic Michael Spencer post from March 2008. A truly prominent, not-post anything blogger has put forward the following theory: Those who use the prefix “post” to describe themselves are claiming to be smarter than those […]

iMonk: The “Magic Book” Approach to the Bible

From the classic Michael Spencer post, Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life * * * I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where God speaks to us in unusual ways.” By this they mean that […]