April 19, 2019

My Journey with Michael Spencer

My heart is heavy today. I found out yesterday morning that a young family friend took her own life. It was a shocking reminder to me to “be kind” to the people I meet. I encourage that of all of you as well. You do not know what people are going through, so treat everyone […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Michael’s Final Post

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Michael’s Final Post (2/10/10) Friday will mark nine years since we said “’til we meet again” to our friend and mentor Michael Spencer. Here is the final post he was able to write before he succumbed to colon cancer in 2010. • • • A brief word from Michael The ultimate […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Is This the “Better World” You Were Talking About?

Note from CM: A piece by Michael from 2009. Some of the cultural references are dated, but in the light of yesterday’s post and discussion, I thought it might be a good reminder that we here at IM have always seen the online life as something which needs constant monitoring because it incessantly challenges our […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: What’s Growing in the Shadow of Anger?

Wednesday with Michael Spencer What’s Growing in the Shadow of Anger? Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences arrived, to be completely defensive. Insight into […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Can You Study This Book Too Much?

Tuesday with Michael Spencer From 2008 and edited by CM I’m not a literature scholar, but I play one in the classroom several hours a week. That is, when I’m not teaching the Bible to kids from all over America and the world, I teach AP English. Mostly Shakespeare and poetry. The interaction of the […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Confessions of a Poor Player

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Confessions of a Poor Player (2009) I love chess. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. I’ve kept my first chess sets. I can recall every hand held set I ever took to school when I was told not to. I still stalk ebay looking for a particular plastic set […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Thoughts on Weekly Communion

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Thoughts on Weekly Communion (2008) In June of last year, I began taking the Lord’s Supper weekly. I’d like to write about what this has meant to me, and to the community of worshiping Christians that I lead. My Southern Baptist tradition has been de-emphasizing the Lord’s Supper for a good […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: Shopping the Whole Mall

Wednesday with Michael Spencer Shopping the Whole Mall (2007) It started innocently enough. His name was Tim, and he was a Christian at my high school. There weren’t many of us, and we made friends despite those denominational differences that were supposed to matter so much. Tim invited me to a charismatic prayer meeting at […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: My Problem with Prayer

Wednesday with Michael Spencer My Problem with Prayer Ok. I have this problem with prayer. I’m not sure it’s a problem with prayer as much as it’s a problem with prayer as it is practiced in the revivalistic tradition that dominates much of my side of evangelicalism. How can I describe that tradition? It’s a […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Letters from Santa

Monday with Michael Spencer Letters from Santa (from 2006) Several years ago, we began another tradition that has proven to be one of the highlights of Christmas for us: the reading of the unedited, uncorrected “Letters to Santa” printed in our local newspaper. The authors are local 2nd graders, and these letters, read dramatically, are […]