October 15, 2019

Monday with Michael Spencer: Trusting the Father?

  Monday with Michael Spencer: October 14, 2019 Trusting the Father? Yesterday, I experienced the great part of being a teacher; one of those experiences that make all the others worth it. It was in my advanced placement English IV class. Our brightest seniors. I’m fortunate to be able to work with them. A few […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Silence in Worship

  Monday with Michael Spencer: October 7, 2019 Silence in Worship Silence has been banished from most contemporary worship as if it were an outright evil, yet what modern worship consumer is not likely to come back from a monastic retreat saying “I loved the silence?” The Protestant liturgy has no tradition of silence, but […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: The Red Wheelbarrow Debate

  Monday with Michael Spencer: September 30, 2019 The Red Wheelbarrow Debate   so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens. William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow”   And so once again, my AP English IV class begins its two-quarter study of poetry. I love this part […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Mom’s Money

Monday with Michael Spencer: September 23, 2019 Mom’s Money My parents were always poor. They came from poor people. They lived through the Depression. The first house I remember was small, run down and drafty. Dad never was able to stay with a good job for very long, then his health broke down and he […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Our Little Parades

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Our Little Parades “A Real Church for Real People.” “A warm, loving fellowship of people who care about you!!” “Come hear practical, spirit-anointed messages by a man of God.” “Continuous Revival!!” “A Church with Christ at Heart and You in Mind.” “Such and Such Church: Where You Matter.” “People Being Transformed […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Rerun

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Rerun (from 2009) He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Evangelical Anxiety about Culture

Note from CM: Here is a prescient look at evangelicals and their fear of culture from 2007, from a series of posts Michael did called, “Evangelical Anxieties.” What in the world would he say about where we are now? • • • Monday with Michael Spencer Evangelical Anxiety about Culture Christians always live in a […]

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 […]