September 26, 2018

Quitting Soccer: Thoughts From Mom and Dad

From time to time I like to do something on here for the parents in the audience. This post will require you to read a post at Clay’s blog, but it will be worth it to read Denise’s excellent response. Clay Spencer has written a post recalling one of the most painful episodes of his […]

A Monk in Time

Thomas Merton, my hero and mentor, often mused about the irony of being a famous monk. Living in a monastery in the farmland of central Kentucky, Merton had the famous coming out to see him, reporters at the fences and his name in the papers and magazines of the sixties. True to form, the Internet […]

The Boat in the Backyard: A Father’s Depression and a Boy Who Finally Understands

This piece about my dad, and how his depression impacted my life, is a statement of my faith in Jesus Christ, the one whose Gospel gives hope to dads and sons everywhere. This is the story of how I was robbed, and blessed, at the same time, by the same man. And how God gives […]

By Request: “Confessional Essays” From the iMonk

An Incomplete list of “Confessional Essays” published at Internetmonk.com. “The things I thought were so important – because of the effort I put into them – have turned out to be of small value. And the things I never thought about, the things I was never able to either to measure or to expect, were […]

Jesus, Mom and Michael

I’ve been to school the past week. The school of life. God’s school. The best teacher of all, with lessons that will never leave you asking, “Now how am I going to use that in real life?” The class I’ve been taking is called “The Only Child Cares For The Aging Parent.” There are other […]

One Big, Happy, Lie: Southern Baptists, Alcohol and Me

I brought something I want to share with you. Do you have a few minutes? I think you’ll find it interesting. It’s my “Southern Baptists and Alcohol” scrapbook. It tells the story of what I grew up hearing and believing about alcohol, Christians and the Bible. It’s the story of getting my eyes opened and […]

Is Your Boy A Real Man?: Focus On The Family’s Gender Confusion Watch

It is difficult to overestimate the extent to which American evangelicals at the beginning of the twenty-first century are fearfully obsessed with homosexuality . No single social or cultural topic other than abortion has engendered such a concentration of evangelical pronouncements, explanations, entrenchments, offensives, conspiracies, ministries and nonsense.

Finding Our New Seats At The Ball Game: A Baseball Parable for Parents of Young Adults

Any resemblance between this essay, and events occurring in my life as a parent of a young adult child is entirely intentional. I have a wonderful wife who helps me to keep thinking and talking when we come to new chapters in our journey as a couple and as a family. As we’re facing good […]

Big Money For A Little Piece of Paper: My Stupid Regrets and Inexplicable Ambition to Be “Dr. Spencer”

Once upon a time, I decided I wanted to be Dr. Michael Spencer. Michael Spencer, Doctor of Ministry (D. Min), actually. In Southern Baptist culture, the “D.Min” is the everyparson’s doctorate. Two to three years of off campus work under the supervision of a previous D. Min graduate and a seminary faculty member. Occasional stays […]

Postmodernism or Modernism on fumes?: From assertion to conversation in the cause of Jesus

Over the past few weeks, I have passed on blogging responses to dozens and dozens of posts around the net, because I didn’t want [name deleted] up on it again, and I didn’t want to put up with the weirdness that has become the reaction to the BHT in certain insulated circles. But there is […]