December 10, 2018

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Monday with Michael Spencer: Some thoughts about the institution

If you look at the church throughout time, cultures and history, I believe you will conclude there are three aspects to the church. (Consider this semi-original with me.) The church is a movement started by Jesus; a culture crossing, church planting movement that proclaims the Gospel in the power of the Spirit. This movement takes […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: The Boat in the Backyard

From CM: This is one story I always think about around Father’s Day, and one of Michael’s most personal and very best posts. • • • When I was twelve years old, my father bought a small aluminum boat, just enough for two people to use for fishing in the local lakes. He put it […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: What You Can’t Say Around Other Christians

Note from CM: Here is an excerpt from one of Michael’s posts in 2008. I think it ends up being an excellent summary of some of the reasons this blog exists and what Michael and we in the next generation of Internet Monk try to accomplish. • • • Wednesday with Michael Spencer From What […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: John 3:16 and the Importance of the Old Testament

Note from CM: Andy Stanley raised a bit of a theological ruckus last week when he suggested to seekers of the Christian faith that they should “unhitch” it from the Old Testament. We’ll probably talk a bit more about this in the days to come, but today I thought I’d re-run this older post by […]

Mondays with Michael Spencer: Searching for a Community of Strugglers

Oh, my dear children! I feel as if I’m going through labor pains for you again, and they will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives. (Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Galatians, 4:19, NLT) This line from Paul has stayed with me for two days. It comes from a section of the […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Grace is as dangerous as ever

“Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) When the quality of God’s mercy in the Gospel no longer amazes you, you will begin to justify the dilution of amazing grace into religious grace, or moral grace, or grace in response to something. Real grace is simply inexplicable, inappropriate, out […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: You Need to Get Rid of Some of Your Theology

Originally posted in 2009 Some of you won’t like what I’m about to say, but trust me, I’m not shooting at you. I’m not shooting at anyone. I’m trying to be pastoral, if there’s any hope that I have any pastoral instincts left. Here’s the word: Some of us need to let go of some […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Warning! Be Careful!

From 2008 Is it just me, or are some Christians putting too much emphasis on the Gospels? There’s a lot of talk about the Kingdom of God in the Gospels. That gets many people off on the wrong track entirely. Some people are always quoting the parables or Jesus’ sermons. All of these things need […]

Wednesday in Holy Week: Following Jesus or Drinking the Kool-Aid?

From 2008 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.”….And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called […]

Tuesday in Holy Week: The Abbreviated Jesus

From 2008. The other day a strange feeling came over me. Don’t get me wrong about what I’m about to say here. It was just a feeling. I’m not claiming any powers of discernment or certainty. I got the distinct feeling there’s something wrong with a lot of people who say they are Jesus-followers/believers. If […]