December 15, 2017

iMonk Classic: All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” * * * Monday […]

iMonk Classic: Surprising Encouragement

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2008 Note from CM: Tomorrow morning, I will preach a sermon on the same basic theme as this post, using the text with which Michael ends his essay. Surely God’s hesed goes before us and surrounds each and every day of our lives. * * * Just […]

iMonk Classic: Ordinary Thoughts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2007 First, thoughts. You go to the doctor with pain in your chest. He spends the whole hour talking about God. Is this OK? You go to a musical production of “Oklahoma.” The cast comes out and gives their testimony the entire time. Is this OK with […]

A Central Part of the Mission

NOTE FROM CM: It was back in Nov. 2009 when I wrote my first piece for IM, an interview with Michael Spencer about pastoral care for the dying. The timing was ironic, for it took place right before Michael became ill with cancer. You can read the entire interview HERE. Today, in light of several […]

Classic iMonk: The Law/Gospel Rant

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From July 2009 NOTE: Despite the fact that this post is law, you should still read it  I want to talk about a specific problem in preaching and teaching: the problem of preferring law over Gospel. I consider the primary problem with preaching and teaching in my Southern Baptist […]

iMonk Classic: Looking for Luther

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From July 2009 Earlier in the day, Blue Raja and I had a discussion at the Boar’s Head Tavern about an earlier post where I quoted a Semi-Pelagian IM commenter. It’s discouraging to read that the atonement “opened the door” for us to now live a life worthy of […]

iMonk Classic: An Appetite for Fanaticism

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated From CM: In the light of yesterday’s video post and discussion, I thought it appropriate to dig out some of Michael Spencer’s thoughts on religious enthusiasm. * * * An Appetite for Fanaticism: Is there something wrong with saying “You’ve gone too far”? It occurred to me this […]

Classic iMonk Quotes from 2005

Today, some significant snippets from the writings of Michael Spencer, mined from the 2005 Archives. * * * On how theology must lead to reality While discussing the doctrine of election the other day, I asked BHT fellow Bill a version of the following question: “If you were able to follow Jesus for the three […]

iMonk Classic: The Boat in the Backyard

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer originally published June 2006 From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day. Thank you, Michael. * * * When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people to use for fishing in the local lakes. […]

iMonk Classic: “You Need to Smile More”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from May 2007 Every day this summer school term, around 9:30 in the morning, I drive two blocks to the post office during a ten minute break from class. I get my mail, which often involves retrieving a package from the postal employee at the window. I know the […]