April 23, 2018

Friday with Michael Spencer: Warning! Be Careful!

From 2008 Is it just me, or are some Christians putting too much emphasis on the Gospels? There’s a lot of talk about the Kingdom of God in the Gospels. That gets many people off on the wrong track entirely. Some people are always quoting the parables or Jesus’ sermons. All of these things need […]

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 […]

Classic iMonk: The Poetry of the Bible

I have a Sunday off this week! While we’re in Valparaiso, enjoying our grandkids, here is an excerpt for you from a post by Michael Spencer that was originally published in February 2007. • • • The Bible not only contains poetry, but it is poetic in its entire vision of reality. Poetic language is frequently […]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Note from CM: Here is one of Michael’s all-time best posts, a classic example of why people loved and listened to him. He spoke as a human being to other human beings. Our Christian faith doesn’t permit us to skip the “human” part, though many of its practitioners advertise it in precisely those terms. In […]

iMonk Classic: Thoughts on Merton’s “Walnut Street Epiphany”

iMonk Classic: Thoughts on Merton’s “Walnut Street Epiphany” From a 2005 post by Michael Spencer “Yesterday, in Louisville, at the corner of 4th and Walnut, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey

Note from CM: Here in the season of Epiphany, we present Michael’s testimony about his spiritual journey, one which encourages us to know that God is still revealing himself to us through Jesus. • • • Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey A Classic iMonk Post from 2009 I can’t speak for anyone else, […]

iMonk Classic: The Mood of Advent

I have several friends who are doing Advent in their Baptist churches for the first time, and they have lots of questions about candles and logistics. I wish there were more questions about Advent itself. For example, the mood of Advent is dark and serious. It’s not the mood of Lent, which is a particular […]

iMonk Classic: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, […]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Ecumenism and a Jesus-Shaped Guest List

Note from CM: Here is an example from Michael Spencer’s post-evangelical journey of his emergence from certain fundamentalist ways of thinking about the faith and its various expressions. This was first posted in 2009. • • • Point: evangelicalism contains within itself some almost irresistible itches from its fundamentalist DNA. From time to time, the […]

iMonk Classic: What Is Heaven?

Heaven: An interesting topic. Basically, I think we look at it entirely backwards, and really, the Matrix and Capon on Genesis have been extremely helpful to my own thoughts. I am not looking forward to going there. I think I am there. The idea that there is a place where God “is” as opposed to […]