November 18, 2018

iMonk Classic: Dancing at the Fundamentalist Ball

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer I am almost through with fundamentalism. Almost. There are still some places where I want to hang on to my fundamentalism, but not many. After spending most of my life listening to my fundamentalist relation sing their song in the current cultural climate, I long ago quit singing with […]

For Memorial Day: A Classic Michael Spencer Essay

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer My friend Mark is a soldier. A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he, in his own words, was “proud to be a Marine at a time my country needed my service.” I am proud of him, […]

iMonk Classic: The Last Gasp of Literate Christianity

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer The comment wasn’t all that unusual, but it has stuck in my head for weeks now. “Mr. Spencer, does it matter if I don’t read the Bible?” The student speaking was one of my juniors, attractive and smart, and one of the more visible, serious Christians on our little […]

iMonk Classic: Pentecost — The Third Great Day

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted May 26, 2007 Act 2:1-8 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. (2) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. (3) And divided tongues as […]

Preview Mere Churchianity

Internet Monk readers: if you’d like a preview of Michael Spencer’s soon-to-be released book, Mere Churchianity, we now offer you a way to read an excerpt. Just click the new link on the right side of the page: And don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!

iMonk Classic: Too Much Heaven? (part 3)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Today we conclude our review of Michael Spencer’s three-part series, originally posted in April, 2008. I think it’s telling that the two most prolific evangelism programs in evangelicalism both approach their audience with questions that Jesus never used. “Do you know that God loves you and has a wonderful […]

iMonk Classic: A Growing and Awkward Silence—Things I can’t talk about with my Pentecostal and Charismatic friends

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Note from Chaplain Mike… The lively comment thread on our recent post about the 50th birthday of the Charismatic Movement led me to think I should let iMonk weigh in on the subject. I’m not sure when this was first posted, but it’s classic Michael Spencer. Further note… See […]

iMonk Classic: Too Much Heaven? (part 2)

The classic Michael Spencer piece “Too Much Heaven?” that we ran last Saturday has raised some good questions and comments. That piece was originally part one of a three-part series, so this week we will post the other two articles. That way, readers can get Michael’s complete message. The message of many evangelistically-focused conservative Christians […]

iMonk Classic: Too Much Heaven?

Each Saturday, IM posts a classic article by Michael Spencer. Originally posted on April 3, 2008 I grew up and was formed in a version of the Christian tradition that practiced a remarkably simple form of Christianity. It was about going to heaven. This life was preparation for heaven. God was preparing a place called […]

iMonk Classic: The Three Stories

Each Saturday, IM posts a classic article by Michael Spencer. Originally posted March 24, 2008. In my preaching to students from all over the world and many different backgrounds, I am always looking for shorthand ways to communicate the Bible’s message. For example, I’ve taught my students over the years to say “He (Jesus) lived […]