August 5, 2020

Wednesday with Michael Spencer “The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction.”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer “The lived spiritual life is a frequent contradiction.”  From a 2007 post: “Mother Teresa and the Mystery of God’s Absence” Christianity’s promises of the present presence and apprehension of God are not simple. In many ways, it seems to me that neither scripture nor recorded experience gives a coherent, teachable view […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Just a guy with a life

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Just a guy with a life (excerpt from Chronicle of the Journey, 2008) I’m a fifty one year old guy whose days leading churches in his denomination are probably over, whose wife got burned out in the non-existent “spirituality” of 30+ years of Baptist church life and ministry, who has been […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: “The exhausting effort to be a good Christian denies Christ.”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Excerpt from Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality I discovered, while listening to a lecture on Luther’s breakthrough discovery of grace, that the victorious Christian life is a lie. It is a completely un-Jesus-shaped imposter. The Christian life isn’t a denial of the prodigal son parable, with the […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: It’s going to take courage

Tuesday with Michael Spencer It’s going to take courage (from a post in 2008) If the truth about Christianity turned out to be very different from what we’d been taught as young Christians by people we look up to as mentors and authorities, would we stand up and tell the truth? Would we make the […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: Complex Me

Sunday with Michael Spencer Complex Me (from “Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think” – 2008) I’m an iceberg, an onion, a mystery. I’m complex and rarely insightful into myself. Thousands of experiences co-exist in me at the same time. I’m a library of presuppositions and passively accepted versions of the […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: “That’s my trash can in the corner, and what you’re smelling is what I finally threw out.”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer That’s my trash can in the corner, and what you’re smelling is what I finally threw out. (2009) I believe what Christians believe. It’s what my life is founded on. My Christian faith is like a map. It tells me where I am, who I am, where I’ve been, where I’m […]

Hope in the Midst of Despair

This has been a season of grief. On Friday I wrote about many of the reasons why I as grieving related to the pandemic that is sweeping the world. Today (Sunday) I grieve as I remember that 10 years have passed since Michael Spencer was taken from us way too early. This coming Friday many […]

Ten Years Ago Today: In Memoriam

• Ten Years Ago Today: In Memoriam Dennis Michael Spencer of Oneida, Kentucky died at home on April 5, 2010 after a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 53. Spencer was born September 16, 1956 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: On Solitude and Silence

Tuesday with Michael Spencer (from March, 2009) Next Reformation posted this bit of a 2008 CT interview with Richard Foster. (I mainly mention Foster to light up the radar of the discernabloggers. Boo!) What is the discipline that you think we need to be exploring more at this point? Solitude. It is the most foundational […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Looking for an Exit

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Looking for an Exit (2009) At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and […]