June 23, 2018

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 […]

A Halloween Open Mic

A Halloween Open Mic Some years ago, Michael Spencer posed an Open Mic question to the iMonk community: “Where in the Bible does it say Satan wants to take “souls” to hell?” Today, in addition to that query, I’m pulling a few other questions out of Michael’s famous Halloween posts so that we can discuss […]

iMonk Classic: A Reformation Day Meditation

From Oct. 31, 2005. “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “when I will send a famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run […]

iMonk Classic: Sin to Spite the Devil

From 2004. “Whenever the devil harasses you, seek the company of men or drink more, or joke and talk nonsense, or do some other merry thing. Sometimes we must drink more, sport, recreate ourselves, and even sin a little to spite the devil, so that we leave him no place for troubling our consciences with […]

iMonk Classic: The One and Only

By Michael Spencer — October 2006 For evangelical people, our authority is the God who has spoken supremely in Jesus Christ. And that is equally true of redemption or salvation. God has acted in and through Jesus Christ for the salvation of sinners. I think it’s necessary for evangelicals to add that what God has […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Some “Culture” Quotes

Note from CM: In the light of another wave of evangelical culture war angst regarding the LGBTQ discussion, I thought a few direct and common sense thoughts from Michael Spencer might be in order today. • • • Picking and Choosing the Sins We Hate Where I live, our community is ravaged by poverty. Visible […]

Friday with Michael & Damaris: Pentecost

Pentecost The room is still; the hearth is cold and dark. A rancid smell of ashes fills the air. The candles stand neglected. Windows stare Like blinded eyes unlit by any spark. How dead this place – no life has left its mark Upon the icy floor, the table bare; No breeze, no breath, no […]