January 22, 2021

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The Best of Michael Spencer: When I Am Weak

Note from CM: Folks, for my money, this is the best piece Michael Spencer ever wrote. I come back to it again and again and again… • When I am Weak Why we must embrace our brokenness and never be good Christians The voice on the other end of the phone told a story that […]

Christmas Day 2020: Michael Spencer on Christmas

Christmas Day 2020 Michael Spencer on Christmas (2005) It is the grand simplicity of the Good News that God enters the world through an event that, apart from two Gospel accounts, would be unknown. The life of Jesus, from beginning to end, is the life of the poor, the lowly, the unknown and the insignificant. […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: Ink Blot Church

Ink Blot Church from 2005 God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see. The Rorschach test is outdated and was always controversial, […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: A Theology of Everything

Wednesday with Michael Spencer A Theology of Everything (2004) This is a story that happened where I work, so I need to tell you some things before we can go on. Our school has thirty minutes of chapel scheduled into every school day. It’s been like that for one hundred and six years, and nothing […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: The Missing Voice of the Christian Counter-Culture

Note from CM: Here is an interesting post by Michael from 2008 (which I have edited to make it more concise). I’m not sure I heard him talk or write much about the things he says here. I wasn’t sure if he went through the same “counter-culture” experiences as I did or what he thought […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: How J.I. Packer influenced Michael’s spiritual journey

Note from CM: In tribute to J.I. Packer, who died last week, we present this post from Michael Spencer about his spiritual journey, and how Packer’s book Knowing God played a pivotal role. • • • Sunday with Michael Spencer From “Jesus, the Glory of the Christian Journey” (2009) I can’t speak for anyone else, […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer “The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction.”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer “The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction.”  From a 2007 post: “Mother Teresa and the Mystery of God’s Absence” Christianity’s promises of the present presence and apprehension of God are not simple. In many ways, it seems to me that neither scripture nor recorded experience gives a coherent, teachable view […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Just a guy with a life

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Just a guy with a life (excerpt from Chronicle of the Journey, 2008) I’m a fifty one year old guy whose days leading churches in his denomination are probably over, whose wife got burned out in the non-existent “spirituality” of 30+ years of Baptist church life and ministry, who has been […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: No Regrets

Tuesday with Michael Spencer No Regrets (from 2009, edited) Young folks in ministry. Adults living in regret. This is for you…. There was a time, in the last decade, that I constantly and painfully struggled with regrets about various choices I’d made in my life. I regretted not finishing doctoral studies. (I made it 37 […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: It’s going to take courage

Tuesday with Michael Spencer It’s going to take courage (from a post in 2008) If the truth about Christianity turned out to be very different from what we’d been taught as young Christians by people we look up to as mentors and authorities, would we stand up and tell the truth? Would we make the […]