July 21, 2018

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, […]

It’s Time Again to Recommend: “Mere Churchianity”

By Chaplain Mike To conclude this week of remembering the founder of Internet Monk—the late Michael Spencer, who died a year ago—we point you to the crowning achievement of his writing life: his book, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality. If you have not yet had a chance to read this book, […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus — The Glory of the Christian Journey

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From May 4, 2009 I can’t speak for anyone else, just for me. When I became a Christian in 1974, I was immediately taught to define myself three ways. First, did I believe that I was a sinner and that Jesus died for my sins so I could go […]

Why Jesus? (4, conclusion)

By Chaplain Mike I have found Will Willimon’s fine book, Why Jesus?, to be a perfect companion for my Epiphany meditations on Christ’s earthly ministry. Today, we’ll do one final post. Here are a few more of his vivid, memorable descriptions of our Savior. On Jesus the Magician: Maybe what we call “natural” is a […]

Why Jesus? (3)

By Chaplain Mike As we discussed last week, we are in the time following Epiphany. These are days to contemplate the earthly ministry of Jesus. Jesus said to Thomas and the other disciples (before the Cross): “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) If you want to know what God is […]

Why Jesus? (2)

By Chaplain Mike Will Willimon’s excellent book, Why Jesus?, is an extended meditation on the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the Gospels. Taken together, allowed to speak with their delightful peculiarities, these earliest witnesses to Jesus give us a trustworthy, irreplaceable rendition of him, the most interesting person in […]

Why Jesus? (1)

By Chaplain Mike I’m eagerly diving into a new book by one of America’s great preachers, William Willimon. It’s called Why Jesus? I can’t wait to share with you my reflections as I read. For this morning, here his opening words, which contain enough for a full day’s contemplation: Why Jesus? Because he is the […]