August 10, 2020

Monday with Michael Spencer: On evangelicals and Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 This is from a piece Michael Spencer wrote in 2007, in which he complained that the day was not being celebrated well. One of his issues had to do with the attitude of the (white) evangelical church toward Dr. King. • • • I don’t like the ambiguity of […]

Friday with Michael Spencer: Holes in the Soul

Friday with Michael Spencer Holes in the Soul Back in the day, I got a psych major in my undergrad work. That’s pretty ironic, believe me, in more ways than you can imagine. I can’t say I learned a great deal, but I did begin a lifelong journey of making observations and drawing tentative conclusions […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: The Face of the Gracious God

Wednesday with Michael Spencer The Face of the Gracious God As always, dedicated to Fr. Robert Capon, a light for me upon the gracious face of God. Religion #1: God is mean, angry and easily provoked. From day 1, we’ve all been a disappointment, and God is–justly–planning to punish us forever. At the last minute, […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Five Reasons I Don’t Use the Term “Inerrancy”

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Five Reasons I Don’t Use the Term “Inerrancy” Five Reasons I Don’t Use The Term Inerrancy: 1. Inerrancy is a term that requires too many intelligent, honest Christians to violate their consciences over what they read in the text of the Bible, and no amount of “Resolving Bible Difficulties” resources can […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: A Crowd of Witnesses

Monday with Michael Spencer A Crowd of Witnesses One of these days I am going to write a tribute post to the wonderful reformed historian and biographer, Iain Murray. Murray has created a legacy of something we desperately need in Christianity: the lives of the “saints” that surround us on the journey. That’s a valuable […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: My Favorite Piece of Christmas Liturgy

My favorite piece of liturgy in the world is a sentence in the opening section of the Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols broadcast round the world on the BBC. Why is it so moving? Because it is beautiful and true. Each year, as more and more of those I know join the saints […]

iMonk Classic: “Lo, How a Rose” — Experiencing the Power of Beauty

Note from CM: This is one of the first posts by Michael Spencer that I remember commenting on, back in 2008. He touched an area of my life that has always been precious: the profound joy of choral music, especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons. In my comment, I wrote, “There is a combination […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: What’s in a Name?

Monday with Michael Spencer What’s in a Name? (2007) Here in Kentucky, most of the Baptist Churches of a certain age have a particular approach to their names. Most choose to go the geographic route, so we have Three Forks of the Elkhorn, Muddy Gap, First Baptist Every-town-you-can-think-of, a couple of thousand “creeks” of various […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Letting Some Air Out of the Reformation Day Balloon

Note from CM: Should be an interesting week. We just got back from Italy and I’ve been immersing myself in Franciscan ways. This Sunday, Reformation Sunday, will be my first week back in the pulpit at my ELCA Lutheran congregation for the rest of the fall, winter, and spring until Easter. We have invited Catholic […]

Another Look: Chasing Francis

Another Look: Chasing Francis Francis was a Catholic, an evangelical street preacher, a radical social activist, a contemplative who devoted hours to prayer, a mystic who had direct encounters with God, and someone who worshiped with all the enthusiasm and spontaneity of a Pentecostal. He was a wonderful integration of all the theological streams we […]