May 24, 2018

Epiphany VI: The Transfiguration — Light for the Darkness to Come

Sermon: Epiphany VI – Transfiguration Light for the Darkness to Come Mark 9:2-9 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach […]

Epiphany IV: Confronting the Very Stuff of This World

Sermon: Epiphany IV — Confronting the Very Stuff of This World Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a […]

Another Look: A Long[er] Way from the Lake

Note from CM: Here is another take on yesterday’s Gospel text (though Matthew’s version), one I wrote a few years ago. If anything, my vocational path is clearer, but the “reinvention of one’s self” continues. And I certainly feel even older. The journey continues… • • • As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake […]

Epiphany III: Bada Bing Bada Boom?

Sermon: Epiphany III — Bada Bing Bada Boom? • Mark 1:14-20 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, […]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Note from CM: Here is one of Michael’s all-time best posts, a classic example of why people loved and listened to him. He spoke as a human being to other human beings. Our Christian faith doesn’t permit us to skip the “human” part, though many of its practitioners advertise it in precisely those terms. In […]

Epiphany II: God Revealed to Skeptics

Sermon: Epiphany II: God Revealed to Skeptics • John 1:43-51 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the […]

iMonk Classic: Thoughts on Merton’s “Walnut Street Epiphany”

iMonk Classic: Thoughts on Merton’s “Walnut Street Epiphany” From a 2005 post by Michael Spencer “Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even […]

Another Look: Weddings and Being Too Easily Pleased

Weddings and Being Too Easily Pleased • John 2:1-11 I used to not like weddings very much. They seemed like a lot of trouble, and people tended to overdo them. When we had children at home and lots of things on our plate, it seems that weddings always interrupted other plans and caused upheaval in […]

Another Look: Living in God’s Story

Note from CM: For many in evangelical traditions, the celebration of a special season around Christmas leads into a long period before the next special season of the church around Holy Week and Easter. There is little appreciation for seasons such as Epiphany. In my opinion, this is a great loss, for it is in […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey

Note from CM: Here in the season of Epiphany, we present Michael’s testimony about his spiritual journey, one which encourages us to know that God is still revealing himself to us through Jesus. • • • Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey A Classic iMonk Post from 2009 I can’t speak for anyone else, […]