April 23, 2018

Wednesday in Holy Week: Following Jesus or Drinking the Kool-Aid?

From 2008 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”….And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called […]

Tuesday in Holy Week: The Abbreviated Jesus

From 2008. The other day a strange feeling came over me. Don’t get me wrong about what I’m about to say here. It was just a feeling. I’m not claiming any powers of discernment or certainty. I got the distinct feeling there’s something wrong with a lot of people who say they are Jesus-followers/believers. If […]

Monday in Holy Week 2018: The Jesus Disconnect

Note from CM: Back in 2009, Michael Spencer some posts exploring what he called, “The Jesus Disconnect.” Here is an edited version of the first post in that series. In my experience, one reason people fail to enter in to a deep appreciation of Holy Week and miss its full significance is that they have failed […]

The Shape of the Jesus Story and the Jesus-Shaped Life

The Shape of the Jesus Story and the Jesus-Shaped Life Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. • 1 Corinthians 11:1 • • • Michael J. Gorman calls the narrative celebrated in the Christ-hymn of Philippians 2:6-11 “Paul’s Master Story.” Less widely recognized is the evidence that this text permeates all his letters, […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: October 28, 2016

A saint is capable of loving created things and enjoying the use of them and dealing with them in a perfectly simple, natural manner, making no formal references to God, drawing no attention to his own piety, and acting without any artificial rigidity at all. His gentleness and his sweetness are not pressed through his […]

What is unique about the “Christian Life”?

Yesterday, in our discussion about James, Rocky asked some good questions about distinctions that are sometimes made between Christians and non-Christians and how that doesn’t always make sense to him. Christians are called to do “good works,” but many non-Christians do those same works, and it is hard sometimes to know what is supposed to […]

Another Look: Jeff Dunn – Circle or Cross?

Note from JD: This essay owes much to the thoughts of G. K. Chesterton from his classic work, Orthodoxy. ⎈ This is an interactive essay, one that requires your participation. You will need a piece of paper, a pencil or pen or crayon or some sort of marker, and a compass or something you can trace […]

Galatians 2:20 — A Jesus-shaped identity

I am, however, alive— but it isn’t me any longer; it’s the Messiah who lives in me. And the life I do still live in the flesh, I live within the faithfulness of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. • Galatians 2:20 The Kingdom New Testament • • • […]

Eugene Peterson on Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

The Christian community is interested in spirituality because it is interested in living. We give careful attention to spirituality because we know, from long experience, how easy it is to get interested in ideas of God and projects for God and gradually lose interest in God alive, deadening our lives with ideas and the projects. […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: October 18, 2015

A Jesus Prayer by Michael Spencer Jesus, you don’t build institutions. You don’t write catechisms. Or Systematic Theologies. Or critiques of someone’s theology or refutations of their catechism. You don’t have a blog. You don’t moderate debates. You are the bread of life who gives himself for the salvation of the world. You are the […]