December 16, 2017

Eyes Wide Shut: Denise Spencer and the Struggle to Stay Awake

Life with the iMonk is exciting. And if you believe that, I’ve got some land in Florida to sell you. My wife has written an entertaining essay about her struggle to stay awake when I am anywhere in the vicinity. Those of you who are looking forward to the excitement of marriage may want to […]

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 […]

Introducing Clay Spencer

I’ve been reluctant to post any of my 18 year old son’s writing here at IM, but clearly, now is the time. If this piece doesn’t belong here, nothing does. Clay has a number of literary gifts. He’s working to improve them, but what impresses me is that he writes life, and he finds Jesus […]

A Special Invitation: A “Chariots of Fire” Blogfest

This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the film Chariots of Fire, a remarkable movie about faith, worldviews and the motives to excel of two very different men. Chariots won Oscars for Best Picture, Writing, Score and Costumes in 1982. I talked about Chariots of Fire on Podcast 16. I got to thinking that there might […]

The Man Behind the Curtain: Lesslie Newbigin (SATIRE!)

BHT fellow and soon to be philosophy professor Joel Hunter penned this stinging piece of satire (that’s SATIRE) about the man who really needs to be held responsible for all these postmodern, missional, contemplative woes. It’s missionary statesman and missional thinker Lesslie Newbigin. Read and be shocked. (SATIRE AHEAD.) While we’re measuring one another for […]

The iMonk/Centuri0n Interview: Part 4

Question 1 Question 2 Question 3 Question 4 Question 5 Question 6 Question 7 8. How did the Purpose Driven Life phenomenon change Christian publishing? I don’t think it did, really. You might think that naive, but the only thing that happened with PDL that never really happened before was that after CBA got to […]

You Know You/They Are Wrong When…

I’ve got a couple of small posts that have something in common: They are about someone being wrong. The Fearsome Pirate himself, Josh Strodtbeck, wrote this brief post on Ten Ways To Know You’re Wrong. I thought it was excellent, and should have linked to it earlier. Nice work Josh.

Like The Night My House Was Burning by Denise Day Spencer

Denise is blogging about the recent “cancer scare” at her blog. I want to link here so that IM readers can experience her excellent writing and benefit from her honest reflections on this experience. Since many of you prayed for us during this time, I hope you will find these posts a sign that God […]

Our First Christmas With Grandma

The writer in the family is my wife, Denise. She’s a professional editor, heads our school publications operation and writes a bookful of creative ministry material every year. I can’t get her to blog, but if I could, this is the kind of gold you’d be reading. You can write denise at denisespencer@mail.com Our First […]

Judging Scripture

A Survey of The Surprising Language of the Bible, by Philip Winn BHT fellow Philip Winn has written a survey of crude language in scripture. It’s a helpful orientation to some little known statements in the Bible, and the language Christians believe- in one way or another- is divinely inspired. It’s an eye opening tour, […]