March 21, 2019

About Mike Bell

Why Mark?

While doing some Internet searches about a year and a half ago I realized that Michael Spencer had left us a treasure trove of material that he had compiled on the gospel of Mark. There were many written Bible studies and blog posts that he posted online on the topic of Mark, some dating back […]

Michael Spencer’s Next Book

Update: The email address is now working again and we have received your emails! We have had over 30 offers of support. Thank you so very much! I will be starting to send out instructions and MP3 files. You should receive your first MP3 by Monday night (June 4th). If you haven’t heard by then, […]

Preparing For Easter – A Lesson From Wilderness Adventures

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Preparing for Easter: A Lesson from Wilderness Adventures (Mike Bell) • • • There is a little patch of wilderness I like to call my own. Covering about 200 square miles along the southern edge of the Canadian shield, it is rugged terrain, where pristine lakes and rocky […]

Mike Bell: How My Parents Broke the Mold

By Michael Bell Quick, think of a stereotypical Evangelical. What attributes come to mind? Here are some that you might have come up with. Anti-Union No Movies Lack of concern for the environment Driven by consumerism Homogeneous Complimentarian King James Version only (for some) Dispensational Young Earthers No Alcohol I used the word stereotypical, because, […]

Escaping the Post-Evangelical Wilderness?

Michael Spencer wrote a post a couple of years ago entitled “Happy Enough Protestant“. It was his response to many inquiries as to why he did not convert to Roman Catholicism. While Michael was a “Happy Enough Protestant“, he was not a “Happy Enough Evangelical“. has been a window into why he was wandering […]

The God of Second Chances

In the early 90s, when I was a fairly young seminary student, I was working on a paper for one of my New Testament Greek courses. I had gathered up all the commentaries and journal articles that I could find on the topic, and was starting to write my paper. While reading one journal article, […]

“What if this was what Muslims thought of Christians?”

To say the least, it has been an interesting week for the West and its relationship with Islam. Friend of iMonk Michael Bell sent this to us the other day. It was written by a friend with a ministry to Muslims in North America. The Islamic holy days of Ramadan ended Friday, and here is […]

American Patriotic Christianity: A Canadian Perspective

By Michael Bell This past month we celebrated both Canada Day on July 1st, and Independence Day on July 4th. This inspired some thoughts about getting some Canadian perspectives on “American Patriotic Christianity”. As I am the lone Canadian writer at Internet Monk, I gathered up seven of my Canadian, primarily “unchurched” friends, to get […]

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright’s Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that attention. If you are looking for a book that gives an easy to read, yet comprehensive assessment of the status […]

In Support of Open Membership

I find it difficult to belong. You would think it wouldn’t be that hard. I am a Christian who sees many positive things in many traditions. I feel quite comfortable in many types of church settings. I am, however, in my core beliefs an Evangelical. The problem is that where I live, Evangelicals are in […]