July 13, 2020

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 […]

iMonk Classic: Rebaptism – What Is It?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From September 2008 I’m going to write about rebaptism, an issue that has deeply affected and weakened my own denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, and an issue that touches every Christian communion I am aware of in some way. Rebaptism is a very emotional issue. One reason we don’t […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, Faith, and a Universe of Fear

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From September 2009 When I started studying Mark’s Gospel many years ago, I learned that, in Mark, faith is not contrasted with unbelief, but with fear. The command to “not be afraid” was common in Mark. The disciples are constantly choosing between faith and fear as they journey with […]

iMonk Classic: I Hear Pepper Talking

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2007 Note from Chaplain Mike: Here is a delightfully quirky piece from five years ago, in which Michael talks about one facet of his marvelous imagination. Enjoy. * * * Personification. With me, it’s more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life. I’m reasonably sure […]

iMonk Classic: A Note to Weed-Eaters

Our school has a student work program, and one of the most popular jobs is working on the yard crew. Our boys love to work with the tractors, mowers and weed-eaters. Especially weed-eaters. It’s a certain sign of spring when I hear the yard crew outside the window of my house, and I can hear […]

iMonk Classic: All to no end…save beauty, the eternal

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – -William Carlos Williams, “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” * * * Monday […]

iMonk Classic: Surprising Encouragement

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2008 Note from CM: Tomorrow morning, I will preach a sermon on the same basic theme as this post, using the text with which Michael ends his essay. Surely God’s hesed goes before us and surrounds each and every day of our lives. * * * Just […]

iMonk Classic: Ordinary Thoughts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From August 2007 First, thoughts. You go to the doctor with pain in your chest. He spends the whole hour talking about God. Is this OK? You go to a musical production of “Oklahoma.” The cast comes out and gives their testimony the entire time. Is this OK with […]

A Central Part of the Mission

NOTE FROM CM: It was back in Nov. 2009 when I wrote my first piece for IM, an interview with Michael Spencer about pastoral care for the dying. The timing was ironic, for it took place right before Michael became ill with cancer. You can read the entire interview HERE. Today, in light of several […]

Classic iMonk: The Law/Gospel Rant

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From July 2009 NOTE: Despite the fact that this post is law, you should still read it  I want to talk about a specific problem in preaching and teaching: the problem of preferring law over Gospel. I consider the primary problem with preaching and teaching in my Southern Baptist […]