August 16, 2018

iMonk Classic: Confession

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 13, 2008 MOD Note: One spiritual practice commanded in Scripture and little emphasized today in evangelical practice is the confession of sins. 1John 1, on the other hand, assumes that this is one of the marks of genuine Christian faith: “If we claim we have no […]

iMonk Classic: So Where Does an Evangelical Go For Spiritual Formation?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Aug 30, 2008 MOD Note: We will be focusing on the subject of spiritual formation in the days to come. In Aug/Sept, 2008, Michael Spencer had several posts on the subject, emphasizing the lack of tradition and practice with regard to spiritual formation in evangelicalism. This is […]

iMonk Classic: Three Days among the Mainlines

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 21, 2008 Unless you’ve been brought up in the insular confines of fundamentalism, it’s going to be hard to understand what it’s been like for me spending three days with “the other kind” of Christians this week. “The other kind” in this instance are mainline protestants, […]

iMonk Classic: My September 11, 2001

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted in September, 2001 Of course, it’s far from over, but it has been a week like no other in the memory of anyone who wasn’t old enough to be aware of what happened in November, 1963. Yes, our children will remember this week. They will measure their […]

iMonk Classic: Dumb Up, Brother: A Spirituality of Ignorance

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 27, 2007 Somewhere in the backlogs of this web site I recounted what it was like being on staff at a church full of seminary students. Everyone knew so much that we had real difficulty doing anything- like buying stamps- without endless debate. Of course, there […]

iMonk Classic: Ray Ortlund—Reduced to Jesus Only

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted July 15, 2008 MOD Note: Back in 2008, Michael found this good word about what it means to be “Truly Reformed,” from one who is. Follow the link to read the entire post. From Ray Ortlund’s blog… Whatever divides us emotionally from other Bible-believing, Christ-honoring Christians is […]

iMonk Classic: Riffs (02:18:09)–Scot McKnight on the “Neo-Reformed”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted February 18, 2009 ‘Twas not so long ago, on a Calvinistic web site you’ve all visited, that one could hear a serious call to present one’s reformed credentials if one planned to be part of the discussion. ‘Twas also not so long ago, on more than one […]

iMonk Classic: The Post-Evangelical Bookshelf—A Beginner’s Reading List For Finding Your Way In The Evangelical Wilderness

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted July 30, 2008 I’ve been doing an interview on “Post-Evangelicalism,” and I thought it would be a good time to list some of the books that define post-evangelicalism for me. First of all, a brief definition: Post-evangelicalism is a way of relating to the present seriously compromised, […]

iMonk Classic: Review of “Evangelicals and Tradition”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted June 26, 2007 My list of must-read books for post-evangelicals is short. Newly added at the top of the list: Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influence of the Early Church (Evangelical Ressourcement: Ancient Sources for the Church’s Future) by Baylor University professor of patristics and Baptist minister […]

iMonk Classic: Review of “Deep Church”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted September 15, 2009 “A chastened, invigorated traditionalism, re-rooted in deeper, better soil and paying attention to the younger voices and cultural changes, is the better evangelical future.” Jim Belcher’s fine book, Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional has been at the top of my […]