January 19, 2020

Reconsider Jesus – An Ode to Michael Spencer

For the past number of Fridays we have been presenting excerpts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week, one of our editors of the project, Scott Lenke, introduces himself, and tells us what drew him to Michael Spencer and this project.  Scott […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Seed and the Soil

The following is a small excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  Michael Spencer’s thoughts on Mark Chapter 4 are edited by Scott Lencke. Check out his excellent blog! If you would like to be contacted when Michael Spencer’s book is available for purchase, […]

Reconsider Jesus – The First Look at the Family

Today we are going to do something a little different.  Scott Lencke had suggested that for a change of pace, readers might be interested in hearing one of the original audio Bible Studies which are among the sources used for Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Compassionate Healer

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. For the next number of Fridays, we will be giving you a “sneak peek” into this devotional commentary. Your thoughts and comments are welcome. (Note: There are some edits still to come, […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Message of the Kingdom

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. For the next number of Fridays, we will be giving you a “sneak peek” into this devotional commentary.  Your thoughts and comments are welcome. (Note: There are some edits still to come, […]

Job and Jacob

I would like to clarify a point I made in the post about the book of Job yesterday. In that piece I said, “One might say that the Book of Job ends with a stand-off.”  A few respondents here and elsewhere have disputed that analysis and have pushed back with the more traditional understanding that […]

John Piper, Miserable Comforter

@JohnPiper: “Your sons and daughters were eating and a great wind struck the house, and it fell upon them, and they are dead.” Job 1:19 @JohnPiper: “Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.” Job 1:20 * * * As expected, John Piper, retired pastor of Bethlehem […]

Andrew Perriman on “Becoming the Righteousness of God”

Note from CM: One blog I enjoy and learn from regularly is P.OST, Andrew Perriman’s site about “Evangelical theology for the age to come.” Andrew has combined theological studies and writing with pastoral and missional work in a wide range of contexts around the world. I find his writing extraordinarily stimulating. One good place to start to […]

Time? or Timing?

One common area of cultural misunderstanding involves the perception of time. Once, when we were in India, our host planned a day of sightseeing before the mission team was to present an evening program. In typical fashion, everything took much longer than anticipated and we arrived at the church over an hour and a half […]

iMonk: The “Magic Book” Approach to the Bible

From the classic Michael Spencer post, Magic Books, Grocery Lists and Silent Messiahs: How rightly approaching the Bible shapes the entire Christian Life * * * I believe most Christians use the word “inspiration” to mean “the Bible is a magic book, where God speaks to us in unusual ways.” By this they mean that […]