August 16, 2018

iMonk Classic: What Have I Learned from Living in Community?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted March 1, 2009 When you’ve lived in an intentional Christian community for almost 17 years, you’re a pretty sorry excuse for a person if you haven’t thought about how your life has affected that community or how that experience has shaped you as a person. You live […]

iMonk Classic: A Generous Catholicity

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted February 8, 2006 We like the creeds….except for the catholic parts. “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…” -The Apostle’s Creed “And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;… Amen.” […]

Hearing Michael Spencer’s Continuing Voice

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: Coffee Cup Apologetics podcast #15 is available here. Thank you to those who sent it to Chaplain Mike! It has been good to hear Michael Spencer’s voice again in recent days. No, I was not caught up into the third heaven, nor was I granted a dream or vision. I’m talking […]

iMonk Classic: The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated THE CHURCH OF WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ NOW Why American Evangelicals Desperately Need The World Christian Movement Back in the day, I used to take small town teenagers to Boston and Chicago on mission trips to work with inner city churches. One thing I could be sure of: the experience […]

Jesus Creed Reviews “Mere Churchianity”

By Chaplain Mike There is a fine review of Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity, over at Jesus Creed today. It is part of the blog’s regular “Saturday Afternoon Book Review” series. This review was written by Matt Edwards, who has contributed to IM as one of the “Evangelical Untouchables”. In his review, Edwards gives a […]

iMonk Classic: We thought he was such a nice boy—and then we found out he didn’t believe in Inerrancy!!

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From February 15, 2005 Dear Sir: What a total disappointment. I do like your wisdom and passion. However, you have become too smart. May God have mercy on you regarding your responsibility to adhere to the inerrancy of scripture. The discussion on inerrancy at the BHT and here at […]

iMonk Classic: The Sanity Verses

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From July 16, 2005 Sometimes, I don’t need inspiration. What I need is just my sanity. I don’t need verses that tell me I’m about to see a miracle. I need something that says God wants me to make it to tomorrow, and I’ll still be useful. Sometimes I […]

iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated “What this says to you and me who have to live with the business of trying to confess our sins is that confession is not a pre-condition of forgiveness. It’s something that you do after you know you have been forgiven. Confession is not something you do in […]

iMonk Classic: Answers Not in Genesis

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From March 1, 2006 Nothing discourages me about the future of evangelicals like “young earth creationism,” Hamm style. Josh puts it well in this post at Here We Stand: “Every time I read someone saying it’s the Christian’s duty to refute biology and physics with the Bible, something inside me […]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer I Have My Doubts: The Many Reasons I Don’t Believe (undated) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) Let’s start with bugs. Bugs have always….well…bugged me. They bite me. Wasps hate me. Mosquitoes swarm around me. Gnats head for […]