July 31, 2015

iMonk Classic: God doesn’t offer explanations

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2008 Note from CM: This was posted on another blog Michael started, called “Jesus-Shaped Spirituality”. • • • The problem with theological types- like yours truly- is they think that God has explained himself. In the Bible. In Jonathan Edwards. In the Lutheran Confessions. In the CRCC. […]

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

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from April 2008 Note from CM: Yesterday I had my interview with a counselor about the results of the psychological testing that is part of the ordination process in the ELCA. More about that later. It brought to mind some of Michael’s insightful writings about his own journey of […]

iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2009 Note from CM: In the Lutheran tradition, the debate described in this post would not have occurred. I present this today because (1) we have had some discussion this week about children with special needs, and (2) many of our readers come from credo-baptist traditions where […]

iMonk Classic: God of the Hubble Universe

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from June 2005 One of my life-long loves is astronomy. I’ve owned some very nice telescopes, and I’ve spent many a clear, cold winter night out on someone’s farm, looking at the glories of the heavens. Since I was a child of the golden age of the space program, […]

iMonk Classic: Our Problem with Grace

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: No emphasis on grace would be complete without a review of Michael Spencer’s classic post on the subject. Take your time with this one, and savor it. Michael never wrote better, and he never pointed us to a more important subject. • • • Q. […]

iMonk Classic: Ten Questions About the Bible + one rant

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From February 2007 • • • 1. State briefly what you believe about the Bible. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is set down in Scripture, or may be deduced from Scripture. In scripture, God revealed what […]

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard II — Defending Dissent

Classic iMonk Post  by Michael Spencer From February 2009 NOTE FROM CM: I regularly direct people to Michael Spencer’s classic essay, The Original Talk Hard: Defending the Role of the Critic in Christianity. I do this when we get criticism that we are being unloving and judgmental. I’m sure we fall into that trap sometimes, but the […]

iMonk Classic: “I Forgive Myself”: The Hardest Words?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From February 2009 One of the things I really don’t like about run-of-the-mill evangelical spirituality is the assumption that we’re all basically clones of each other. Cheerful clones. Mentally healthy clones. Good family clones. Conservative political clones. Happy at church clones. Like the same music clones. Clones who cope […]

iMonk Classic: Thoughts on Spiritual Experience

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 2007 I’ve been involved in some good discussions recently on the role of subjective, personal spiritual experiences. How should we deal with personal experiences of God “speaking” or otherwise relating to Christians on the subjective levels of feeling and sensing? Because there is such abuse and misuse […]

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 […]