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Archives for November 2011

How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (3)

Note: I was honored to see that Gene Edward Veith has linked to these posts. You can follow the responses and discussion at Cranach: The Blog of Veith. • • • This is now the third in a series of posts detailing some of the ways I have found that the Lutheran tradition provides solid […]

iMonk Classic: Subcultural Spirituality or “I know he’s a Christian because I saw it on his bumper sticker.”

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August, 2004 One of the axioms of my critique of evangelicalism is this: methodology creates theology. By this I mean that when evangelicals have adopted particular methods, such as the evangelistic sales pitch or the powerpoint designed sermon, they will soon develop an accompanying theology, generally morphed in […]

Cheerfulness that Mocks the Devil

Martin Luther regularly gave personal and pastoral counsel to his friends to seek cheerfulness. He himself was subject to discouragement and depression, which he usually attributed to the attacks of the devil. His letters and table-talk have much to say about ways of overcoming dark moods. Luther’s advice is characteristically earthy and bold, while at […]

How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (2)

I continue this overview of how emphases in the historic tradition of Lutheranism have helped me with many concerns I’ve expressed about American evangelicalism. Thus far, I have introduced the following elements… How I came to peace with finding a tradition, How I appreciate the priority of Word and Table liturgical worship in the Lutheran […]

The Splendor of a Higher Nature

Monday Merton Musings, Nov 14, 2011 The Splendor of a Higher Nature All quotes are from The Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton Today, we meditate on some theological thinking from Thomas Merton. These musings are found at the beginning of part two of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, and provide an introduction to […]

Sermon: Serving a Generous Master (Matt. 25:14-30)

Today’s Gospel text speaks of a man going on a long journey. The journey that has brought me to this place where I stand today has likewise been long. Picture in your mind a young boy growing up in the Midwest. His family took him to the Methodist church. He loved being in the sanctuary, […]

iMonk Classic: Mainlines — We’re Having a Moment Here

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Original post: July, 2007 I wrote this piece in July of ’07. It garnered 70 comments and some grousy updates on my part. (You can read the original here.) I’m reprinting the post with a clear comment thread because I feel the sentiment I expressed in this piece is […]

Saturday Ramblings 11.12.11

Well, as they say, the frost is on the pumpkin. Ok, I don’t know who “they” are, or where they keep their pumpkins. Any pumpkins not smashed in the middle of my street by costumed tricksters are rotten anyway. Why would frost settle on a rotten gourd? Now that we have that out of the […]

Music in Sepia

The Harrow & The Harvest Gillian Welch You know some girls are bright as the morning And some girls are blessed with a dark turn of mind • • • Though it was released in June, I’ve been listening lately to Gillian Welch’s first new album in eight years and have found it to be […]

How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (1)

Last week I wrote about how I have come to peace with my place in the tradition of the Church. My new personal statement of identity is: “I am a Christian, and I practice my faith in the Lutheran tradition.” I am the first to admit that I have a long way to go in […]