November 17, 2019

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iMonk Classic Series: Christians and Mental Illness (3)

Is there mental illness in the Bible? This question seeks to move us toward the question of mental illness and the Gospel. Throughout the Bible- Job’s speeches, Jonah’s self pity, the depression of the Psalmist, the cynical death wish of Kohelleth- we see the kinds of emotions that make up much of common mental illnesses. […]

iMonk Classic Series: Christians and Mental Illness (2)

iMonk Classic Series: Christians and Mental Illness (2) The following is excerpted from part 2 of Michael’s original series. Because the Bible is authoritative in Christianity, it is often difficult to come to terms with forms of knowledge that ignore the Bible, and especially difficult to deal with systems of knowledge that threaten to transcend […]

iMonk Classic Series: Christians and Mental Illness (1)

Note from CM: Ten years ago, Michael re-ran a series about Christians and mental illness that he originally wrote in 2005. For the next few days this week, I will re-post edited versions of those pieces. Today, we read Michael’s introduction and some of the questions he will raise. • • • Several times a […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Standing on My Own Trap Door?

Monday with Michael Spencer Standing on My Own Trap Door? (excerpt from Nov 2008) I can’t recall the author but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people to agree to evangelistic sentences. The sentences mattered very much; more than almost anything else. Correctly worded […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: What’s in a Name?

Monday with Michael Spencer What’s in a Name? (2007) Here in Kentucky, most of the Baptist Churches of a certain age have a particular approach to their names. Most choose to go the geographic route, so we have Three Forks of the Elkhorn, Muddy Gap, First Baptist Every-town-you-can-think-of, a couple of thousand “creeks” of various […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Trusting the Father?

  Monday with Michael Spencer: October 14, 2019 Trusting the Father? Yesterday, I experienced the great part of being a teacher; one of those experiences that make all the others worth it. It was in my advanced placement English IV class. Our brightest seniors. I’m fortunate to be able to work with them. A few […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Silence in Worship

  Monday with Michael Spencer: October 7, 2019 Silence in Worship Silence has been banished from most contemporary worship as if it were an outright evil, yet what modern worship consumer is not likely to come back from a monastic retreat saying “I loved the silence?” The Protestant liturgy has no tradition of silence, but […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Red Wheelbarrow Debate

  Monday with Michael Spencer: September 30, 2019 The Red Wheelbarrow Debate   so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow”   And so once again, my AP English IV class begins its two-quarter study of poetry. I love this part […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Mom’s Money

Monday with Michael Spencer: September 23, 2019 Mom’s Money My parents were always poor. They came from poor people. They lived through the Depression. The first house I remember was small, run down and drafty. Dad never was able to stay with a good job for very long, then his health broke down and he […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Our Little Parades

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Our Little Parades “A Real Church for Real People.” “A warm, loving fellowship of people who care about you!!” “Come hear practical, spirit-anointed messages by a man of God.” “Continuous Revival!!” “A Church with Christ at Heart and You in Mind.” “Such and Such Church: Where You Matter.” “People Being Transformed […]