January 20, 2017

What I saw at the revolution: trading a heritage of worship music for a lukewarm bowl of CCM

What I Saw at the Revolution Trading a heritage of Worship Music for a lukewarm bowl of CCM by Michael Spencer NOTE: It is now apparent than some people cannot read this article without applying it to their church and getting … [Continue reading...]

Choosing the better wounds

Choosing the Better Wounds by Michael Spencer Having been involved in ministry with teenagers for twenty-seven years, I read the recent reports of child sex abuse and a wide-spread cover up by the Roman Catholic hierarchy with … [Continue reading...]

Why Calvin is cool: An infomercial for calvinism

Why Calvin Is Cool An Infomercial for Calvinism by Michael Spencer UPDATE: Even though I am no longer a Calvinist, a lot of this essay is still true. I know that's Calvin Coolidge, but if I put a picture of John Calvin up … [Continue reading...]

Flea market anthropology

Flea Market Anthropology (The Stupidity Rant Part II) by Eric Rigney I am not offended by much. I think maybe it’s because of all the stuff I’ve seen and been close to (or participated in) in my lifetime. But for whatever … [Continue reading...]

When I am weak: Why we must embrace our brokenness and never be good Christians

When I am Weak Why we must embrace our brokenness and never be good Christians by Michael Spencer The voice on the other end of the phone told a story that has become so familiar to me, I could have almost finished it from … [Continue reading...]

The books are many; the readers are few

The Books are Many; The Readers are Few by Eric Rigney If you are reading this, you are abnormal. If you get past this sentence, you're just plain strange. Why are you still here?! Go watch TV or something! There. Now … [Continue reading...]

An invitation to bold love

An Invitation to Bold Love A book every lover of grace needs to read by Denise Day Spencer I've asked the best writer in the house--my wife--to pen a review and recommendation of a book that clarifies some of the most common … [Continue reading...]

A marriage made in hell

A Marriage Made in Hell How Christian Pessimism and Radical Islam Are Blowing Up the World by Michael Spencer The Bible is an optimistic book. This seems almost ridiculously obvious. No matter what your position on … [Continue reading...]

I want to be a black man

I Want To Be A Black Man An Essay on Culture Envy by Michael Spencer MY SHIRT, MY HAT, MY BOOKS A TRIP TO THE ZOO MY COUCH, REMOTE, A LARGE COKE YEA I’D GET ON MY KNEES, my GOD, IF I COULD I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING: TO BE … [Continue reading...]

The Pope needs a business meeting

The Pope Needs A Business Meeting It was cheaper than the carnival, five times more fun, and every mega-pastor needs one. by Michael Spencer • • • Someone sent me this Rick Warren quote, and it's buggin' me. When I write … [Continue reading...]