October 27, 2016

In Memoriam

It is thus, if there is any rule, that we ought to die--neither as victim nor as fanatic, but as the seafarer who can greet with an equal eye the deep that he is entering, and the shore that he must leave." • E. M. Forster

Dennis Michael Spencer of Oneida, Kentucky died at home on April 5, 2010 after a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 53.

Spencer was born September 16, 1956 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Spencer served as youth minister and pastor in several Kentucky Baptist churches before becoming the Campus Minister at Oneida Baptist Institute in 1992, where he ministered the past 17 years.

Spencer was also widely known in evangelical Christian circles for his web site, “Internet Monk: Dispatches From the Post Evangelical Wilderness” (www.internetmonk.com). The site was also home to his podcast, Internet Monk Radio. His book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality, will be published in September by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Spencer was preceded in death by his parents, S.L. and Dorothy Atherton Spencer of Owensboro and a sister, Peggy Spencer Head, also of Owensboro. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Denise Day Spencer; his children, Noel Spencer Cordle of Oneida and Clay Spencer of Lexington; and a brother, Dr. B.E. Spencer of Louisville.

A memorial service will be held at the Oneida Baptist Institute chapel on Saturday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. the same day. The family asks that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Oneida Baptist Institute, P.O. Box 67, Oneida, Kentucky 40972, (606) 847-4111.


  1. Prayers and Peace to Denise and the rest of the family.

  2. I have only been reading him for about a month but I must say he was very interesting and had some of the most needed conversations in Christendom.

    He seemed like a very genuine and honest person. It’s too bad he had to leave this world so soon. My deepest condolences to his family in this time of mourning…may they find the peace needed in this time.

  3. Godspeed, dear gentle soul.

  4. i will miss the short time with the internet monk that i was blessed to have. i found Michael’s website through Steve Brown’s ministry a couple of years ago. being the same age and sharing the same name. i immediately found a connection with his love of baseball (The Big Red Machine), small town eastern kentucky living, front porches and most of all our loving God. I know he is basking in that love right now.

    Even though we never met i always felt like i could call him friend. Good bye for now my friend.
    Mike D

  5. Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Michael. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

    I never met Michael but I was blessed by his ministry on this blog, as were so many others. He always spoke honestly, bravely and without pretense. My deepest sympathies to his family.

  6. Christopher Lake says:

    I’m not as active here as I once was, and I missed this sad, sad news (sad for us, not for Michael). This is so hard. So very hard. Michael and I sometimes sharply disagreed on certain things, but in the last several months, I had realized much of his wisdom.

    Brother, you’re out of this vale of tears. I rejoice for you, grieve for us, and not least at all, I pray for your family, especially Denise and children. My internet experience will never be the same. Thank you, Michael. I will be buying your book, and I hope that millions do and are blessed by you, as we were here. Can’t wait to see you in Heaven.

  7. I am, pure and simple, sad to hear that a wonderful voice of sensible, reasonable Christianity is gone. I will miss his posts….so insightful. I know he’s in a better place, bue we are not yet, and for that, I mourn.

  8. Rest in peace. Rise in glory.

  9. May this holy soul rest in peace held close to the bosom of Jesus.