January 16, 2021

The Coming Evangelical Collapse – Eleven Years In

On March 10, 2009, Michael Spencer penned these words in an opinion piece in the Christian Science Monitor: We are on the verge – within 10 years – of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity… Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of half its occupants. With that, a firestorm erupted. The story […]

Reconsider Jesus – Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:23-28)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents An update from Mike: This brings us to the end of Mark chapter two. I have a fair bit of work that I need to do on […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Bridegroom and the New Wine (Mark 2:18-22)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Bridegroom and the New Wine 18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples […]

Reconsider Jesus – Calling the Tax Collector (Mark 2:13-17)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents (Note: Ninety-eight expressions of interest in the book so far! Thank you, thank you! ) Calling the Tax Collector 13 Once again Jesus went out beside the […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Forgiver of Sins (Mark 2:1-12)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents (Note: I wanted to take a moment to give a bit of an update on this project. Each post in this series usually takes me between three […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Healer (Mark 1:29-45)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents (Note: The previous post was renamed to “The Compassionate One”) The Healer 29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: Ink Blot Church

Ink Blot Church from 2005 God is like a Rorschach test. You know, the ink blot test, where you look at an image that really presents nothing coherent, and you describe what you see. Kind of like looking at clouds and talking about what you see. The Rorschach test is outdated and was always controversial, […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Compassionate One (Mark 1:29-45)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Compassionate One 29 And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Exorcist (Mark 1:21-28)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Exorcist 21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Teacher (Mark 1:21-28)

Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark A devotional commentary by Michael Spencer Compiled and Edited by: Michael Bell Table of Contents The Teacher 21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at […]