December 12, 2019

A Note to Newcomers

I have noticed that we’ve been getting quite a few new readers and commenters over the past couple of months, so it’s probably the right time to do an iMonk 101 post restating who we are and what we are all about here at the strange and wonderful world that is the Internet Monk blog. […]

iMonk on Interpreting Genesis 1

From To Be or Not to Be? Everybody thinks I should be a young earth creationist. I’m not. Why? by Michael Spencer (undated) * * * The young earth creationists believe that Genesis 1 is “literally” a description of creation. I do not. It is this simple disagreement that is the cornerstone of my objection. […]

An iMonk Classic in Anticipation of 2013

 Just Beyond the 100th Time by Michael Spencer, Dec. 2008 Dedicated to all of you on the same journey. Keep faith and keep going. You’re not alone. It’s time for one of your favorite programs here at Internet Monk.com: “Secret, Terrible, Unspoken Thoughts…REVEALED!” Today’s secret thought was uttered by a commenter in a recent discussion […]

An Advent Sermon by Michael Spencer

Note from CM: Michael Spencer gave this sermon in the third week of Advent, 2006. In the light of yesterday’s post on the collapse of evangelicalism, I thought it timely. Michael explores the arrogance of many of us who wear the name “Christian,” and considers some of the criticisms we’ve received from one who shows a measure […]

iMonk Classic: “Lo, How a Rose…” — Experiencing the Power of Beauty

“Lo, How a Rose” — Experiencing the Power of Beauty Classic iMonk post by Michael Spencer December 2004 It was Christmas of 1968. I was a seventh grader at Estes Junior High School. School was a huge part of my world. My father was beginning down the road to depression. I was an only child, […]

iMonk Classic: Riff on “The End of Advent”

Christmas has devoured Advent, gobbled it up with the turkey giblets and the goblets of seasonal ale. Every secularized holiday, of course, tends to lose the context it had in the liturgical year. Across the nation, even in many churches, Easter has hopped across Lent, Halloween has frightened away All Saints, and New Year’s has […]

iMonk Classic: The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated The following toast was taped at the 4,231st Halloween Dance and Potluck, held this year in the basement of the Salem, Masachusetts City Hall. The guest toastmaster was The Great Pumpkin, well known advocate of Halloween among children. Those in attendance included a variety of witches, ghosts, fairies, […]

iMonk Classic: Singing in the Evangelical Liturgy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept. 2009 Note from CM: Back in 2009, Michael Spencer did a series on various elements in a traditional Protestant worship service, discussing how we might understand those elements and use them to revitalize traditional evangelical worship. Today’s post is from that series. * * * Singing. Oh yes….singing. […]

iMonk Classic: To Know We’re Not Alone

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Sept. 2004 It was 1973, a year before my high school graduation. I was sixteen, a young preacher-boy at a revival meeting at a church in our community. I remember the tiny church being packed, but I don’t remember anything about the service, or the sermon or the preacher. […]

iMonk Classic: How I Interpret the Bible

Note from CM: This is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s essay, “A Conversation in God’s Kitchen.” Folks, don’t rush through this one. Ponder it. Print it off and carry a copy of it in your Bible to remind you what the Book is all about and what you should be looking for as you read […]