December 1, 2020

iMonk Classic: Remembering the Stutterer

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Jan 3, 2007 Note from CM: If you haven’t had a chance to see the film, “The King’s Speech,” I recommend it to you. It’s the story of England’s King George VI, who came to the throne in the critical days before WWII when his brother Edward abdicated […]

iMonk Classic: The Face of the Gracious God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From January 25, 2009 Note from CM: I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than to contemplate our wonderful, gracious God and the gifts he has for us in Christ. Wash away those false conceptions of the God who’s out to get you as […]

Another Look: Now in Another Wilderness

[Originally posted April 6, 2010, the day after Michael died] By Chaplain Mike I had been wandering in the post-evangelical wilderness for a long time. But I never knew what to call it until I began reading Michael Spencer. And I never knew a genuinely safe place to talk about it until I entered the […]

iMonk Classic: An Ideal Evangelicalism?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December 14, 2008 Note from CM: In the light of Michael Bell’s thought-provoking and discussion-inducing post of yesterday, I thought this classic Michael Spencer post could aid us in continuing the conversation. Somewhere in the previous orgy of comments I’ve had this week, someone asked me to write […]

iMonk Classic: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From December 20, 2006 Note from CM: This was a sermon Michael wrote for the Advent season. It was expanded from a talk he gave at soli deo on 1/19/06. “There is, in fact, no worldview more reprehensible in its arrogance than that of a religious believer: the creator […]

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard (On the Role of the Critic)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated Note from CM: Earlier this week, we published a strong post in the tradition of what I called “prophetic ridicule.” Some folks don’t like that. They take offense. They think it violates the law of love. Years ago, Michael Spencer wrote one of the best defenses concerning the […]

iMonk Classic: Do You Know What Your Church Is Doing Next Sunday?

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From Feb 23, 2009 Note from CM: Here is one of Michael Spencer’s posts on the Church Year and how it might be used fruitfully by evangelicals. “Part of the problem is that evangelicals really don’t have traditions,” said Carter. “Instead, we have these fads that are built on […]

iMonk Classic: The Little Brothers of Saint Archie Bunker

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated We didn’t crawl out from under no rocks. We didn’t have no tails. And we didn’t come from monkeys you atheist pinko meathead. It ain’t supposed to make sense; it’s faith. Faith is something that you believe that nobody in his right mind would believe.” • Archie Bunker […]

iMonk Classic: Signs I’m Weary of Weird Christians

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated NOTE FROM CM: Here is Michael at his best—forthright, incisive, passionate, hilarious, and clear. I love what he says about the “NORMAL” Christian life. So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?” (John […]

iMonk Classic: The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated The following toast was taped at the 4,231st Halloween Dance and Potluck, held this year in the basement of the Salem, Masachusetts City Hall. The guest toastmaster was The Great Pumpkin, well known advocate of Halloween among children. Those in attendance included a variety of witches, ghosts, fairies, […]