April 27, 2018

Reconsider Jesus – What was Jesus Like?

On Fridays we are taking a journey with Michael Spencer through the Gospel of Mark. We have found many of his writings and sermons on Mark and are editing and compiling them into a book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. The following is a blog post written […]

iMonk: The Jesus Disconnect (1)

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. * * * Nothing has impressed me more in my last few years of writing, reading and discussion than the disconnect the average Christian believer feels from […]

“I Am” and “I Practice” — An Important Distinction

If we want to practice what some, including Michael Spencer, have called a “generous orthodoxy” – a commitment to the creedal Christian faith that recognizes “one holy catholic and apostolic Church” – then we must learn to speak about our own personal faith identities and commitments precisely. Here is the way I have learned to […]

Monday Morning Thoughts

Beloved, let us love. Lord, what is love? Love is that which inspired My life, and led Me to My cross, and held Me on My cross. Love is that which will make it thy joy to lay down thy life for thy brethren. Lord, evermore give me this love. – Amy Carmichael, If * […]

iMonk Classic: God doesn’t offer explanations

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2008 Note from CM: This was posted on another blog Michael started, called “Jesus-Shaped Spirituality”. • • • The problem with theological types- like yours truly- is they think that God has explained himself. In the Bible. In Jonathan Edwards. In the Lutheran Confessions. In the CRCC. […]

A Call For Revolution

It was their sixth annual show, billed as Fight Night VI. The card featured twelve fights, each one three rounds, with each round lasting only one minute. Fighters wore sixteen ounce gloves, but also headgear. The referee had officiated many amateur bouts before. And at the end of this Wednesday night circus event at a […]

A Most Difficult Name

I am a man of words. Not a man of few words—just ask those who have spent any time with me. I read and write and speak in words. We all use words everyday in one way or another. As Christians, we are people of The Word. But I’ve noticed there are certain words we […]

The Heart of the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike “The kingdom vision of Jesus is a kingdom filled up with people who are noted by one word: love.” (One.Life, p. 48) The Apostle Paul put it this way: “For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith […]

Imagining the Kingdom

By Chaplain Mike I have always considered evangelicals (including myself) weak in the area of imagination. The evangelical or fundamentalist tradition has been, by and large, a prosaic tradition, characterized by simple logic, plain spokenness, common sense, and an iconoclastic rather than an aesthetic ethos. There is a certain literalism at its heart that carries […]

Embracing God’s Dream

By Chaplain Mike This week, in addition to the daily “Stations of the Cross” posts, I will lead us in considering ideas from some good books I am reading. We will continue exploring James Davison Hunter’s brilliant, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In addition, […]