November 18, 2018

iMonk Classic: Ordinary Thoughts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2007 First, thoughts. You go to the doctor with pain in your chest. He spends the whole hour talking about God. Is this OK? You go to a musical production of “Oklahoma.” The cast comes out and gives their testimony the entire time. Is this OK with […]

Saturday Ramblings 7.14.12

I am old enough (and I turn yet another year older on Tuesday) to remember getting up on Saturday mornings and staying glued to the TV from 8 in the morning until 11, watching the Looney Tunes cartoons. Bugs, Daffy, the Road Runner … all my favorites gathered into one nice, long program. Only after […]

A Ban on “Biblical”

I made a New Year’s resolution this year: I will try my best to avoid using the adjective “Biblical” to describe what I think “the Bible teaches.” The use of this word as a prescriptive adjective to promote positions and convictions is rampant among Christians. The problem is, it usually obscures more than it enlightens, […]

iMonk Classic: Ten Questions About the Bible + one rant

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From February 2007 • • • 1. State briefly what you believe about the Bible. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith, and life, is set down in Scripture, or may be deduced from Scripture. In scripture, God revealed what […]

The Naked Emperor

I am going to spend a little time talking about what I see in the evangelical world. I believe I can write about this from a well-informed viewpoint. For thirty-some years now I have been involved in mass media in one form or another, with much of that time involved in Christian radio, TV, and […]

A Dog Named Beau

This morning, Damaris shared a poem about taking in creation with the Creator. About relaxing and enjoying what the Lord made for us to enjoy. She suggested we might just take time to scratch a dog’s belly. Lean on a fence post. Do something that is not “productive” or “necessary.” We were encouraged to take […]

iMonk Classic: Dr. StrangeLiturgy

Here is one of my favorite classic essays by Michael Spencer. I, too, grew up as a believer in the “tent revival” atmosphere. I, too, was taught that liturgy equaled deadness and man-made religion. Now I am looking for liturgy. Now I’m looking for music that is all about God, and not about how I […]

The Bigness Of God

Silence, it seems, is big business these days. My friend Mike leads silent retreats several times a year. He started with four guys, and now gets close to 80 wanting to go and experience something that is getting harder and harder to find in our day: Silence. I went away for a similar retreat last […]

Saturday Ramblings 2.19.11

If you are new here at the iMonastery, each week we try to do a little light housecleaning. We put away the leftovers and take out the garbage and sweep the floors. We can make quite the mess during the week trying to keep things going here. So bear with us now as we get […]

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 […]