March 23, 2018

John 3:16 and the Importance of the Old Testament

My adult Bible study is starting an Old Testament survey for the summer months in preparation for studying I Kings this fall. I did this little exercise with them this morning. I guess it’s kind of original with me. I’ve never seen anyone else do it. Consider it all yours for the glory of God. […]

A Response to Roger (Questions on my review of “The Truth War”)

“Roger” is a co-worker who asked several questions about my review of Dr. John MacArthur’s “The Truth War.” I’d like commenters to suggest good books on postmodernism and the emerging church. Thanks. Roger asked me for complete definitions of postmodernism and the emerging church. That’s a lot of reading, listening and work, Roger. There are […]

Jesus and My Stuff

My men’s Bible study has been reading and discussing John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life. If you aren’t familiar with DWYL, it is a small book that Piper wrote to persuade college-age young people to live missional, Kingdom-building, God-glorifying and passionate lives. If you want to give the “Piper” experience in short form, this […]

Evangelical Anxieties 1: Is Christianity a Religion of Fear?

This is the first in a new series of posts exploring the increasing role fear is playing in evangelicalism. I anticipate ten or more posts in the series, and I hope they will be helpful to my readers. I could write more on these topics, but this is a blog, not a book. I look […]

A Crowd of Witnesses

One of these days I am going to write a tribute post to the wonderful reformed historian and biographer, Iain Murray. Murray has created a legacy of something we desperately need in Christianity: the lives of the “saints” that surround us on the journey. That’s a valuable and powerful gift to the church. Consider how […]

Remembering The Stutterer

When I was a child and a teenager, I stuttered. For several years, quite badly. Those who know me will notice that I can still get into some stuttering patterns when I’m nervous or stressed, but for the most part, my stuttering left me around age 15 when I started preaching regularly. There are different […]

Christmas Eve 2006: A World Just Beyond Our Grasp

It is traditional for me to post something about Christmas. The following is adapted from a sermon preached at a local Baptist Church, December 24, 11:00 a.m. 2006. A Christ-filled, joyous Christmas to all my Internet Monk readers.. A World Just Beyond Our Grasp. (Luke 1:46-55; Hebrews 10:4-10) At the Spencer household, Christmas traditions are […]

The Third Week of Advent: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

This is a sermon written for the third week of Advent. It’s expanded from a talk I gave at soli deo, Tuesday, January 19th. For a complete and substantial response to Sam Harris’s book, Letters to a Christian Nation, see Douglas Wilson’s excellent series “Letters To Mr. Harris.” (Archived here, earliest one at the end […]

A Pointed Question: Why Not Rather Suffer Wrong?

(The following post is a summary of a recent chapel message. I originally thought of the message after hearing C.J. Mahaney teach on the passage. My use in chapel and here is my own, but I acknowledge his excellent exposition and application as my starting point.) I Corinthians 6:1 When one of you has a […]

The Final Deposition: Pilate and the Cynicism of Contemporary Truth Seeking

(Some of the material in this essay was inspired by reading John’s Wisdom by Ben Witherington III, Westminster John Knox Press , 1995.) For the past two years, I’ve been leading a weekly adult Bible study on the Gospel of John for my fellow OBI staff members. For the past three weeks, we’ve been in […]