August 20, 2019

Monday with Michael Spencer: They Bought Me, And I’m Glad

Monday with Michael Spencer They Bought Me, And I’m Glad (excerpt, 2008) • • • There is one aspect of ordination I appreciate on a very personal level. When a congregation ordains you, they are setting you aside to serve them, yes. But they are also saying, “He belongs to us. We bought him, and […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction

Sunday with Michael Spencer The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction I remember the depths of my own dark night in September of 2001. I was at the point of breaking down and being unable to preach or teach, a condition I had never faced before. I was as far from God as it […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: On Resacramentalizing Evangelicalism

Wednesday with Michael Spencer On Resacramentalizing Evangelicalism Evangelicals have an issue with sacraments. Mention the word to them and they start fidgeting in their seats and thumbing their Bibles. It’s an interesting historical story. A sacrament is something in the physical world that mediates or communicates the presence, power, promises and/or grace of God. Various […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Gods Words and the Word

Wednesday with Michael Spencer In which Michael cuts through the noise and makes a central point about the Bible. I believe that confessional Christianity wisely focuses on the ultimate, final purpose of the Bible, and not on the mechanism used to achieve that result. This is wise, because there will always be vast disagreement over […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Chronicle of the Journey

Note from CM: Internet Monk has always been about the journey. Michael Spencer led the way by sharing his with us. Back in 2008, around the time I began reading and listening to his podcasts, Michael had the opportunity to take a sabbatical. This sabbatical gave him opportunity to chronicle the path he had taken, […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: How We Sound to Those Who Don’t Believe

Note from CM: This is a really old Michael Spencer reflection, but one with which I identify more and more each day. It talks about the kind of craziness that is simply taken for granted in religious subcultures (in this case, the world of Christian evangelicalism/fundamentalism). Many have lived in this bubble for so long […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: On Transactionalism

Monday with Michael Spencer On Transactionalism I am setting out to do something that is unlikely to be extremely popular. I am writing a theologically tentative essay about a word most of my readers have never heard and an issue I’ve only heard one other person discuss. Why this word would inspire serious theologizing on […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer

Note from CM: Whenever the subject of the Holy Spirit comes up, as it does in even the most traditional churches during the time of Pentecost, questions regarding “second blessing” theology, miracles, spiritual gifts — especially those involving supernatural manifestations such as speaking in tongues and prophecy — healing, and “God speaking” directly to the […]

Memorial Day with Michael Spencer

For Memorial Day 2019: The Glory of the Nations – How Common Grace Redeems Nationalism by Michael Spencer My friend Mark is a soldier. A Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he, in his own words, was “proud to be a Marine at […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Why People Get Upset that I’ve Changed (and Am Changing)

Wednesday with Michael Spencer From 2008 I can now officially say I’ve written my most controversial sentence. It’s various versions of “I am rethinking what I believe about God.” I know. I know. Somehow this has been translated into “I’m no longer a Christian,” “I’m abandoning Christianity,” and “I’m ordering anchovies on that pizza.” Why […]