November 17, 2019

Monday with Michael Spencer: Standing on My Own Trap Door?

Monday with Michael Spencer Standing on My Own Trap Door? (excerpt from Nov 2008) I can’t recall the author but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people to agree to evangelistic sentences. The sentences mattered very much; more than almost anything else. Correctly worded […]

Three Kinds of Grace

I like charts; they capture information in a way that allows clear comparison and contrast. Here is one I drew up regarding grace: Curious for your feedback on this. In particular, is libertine grace similar to what Bonhoeffer called cheap grace? When I wrote this I was not thinking of that, but on reading Bonhoeffer’s […]

Bruggemann: Our life with God — characteristically open and unsettled

Ah, when I need something to really chew on, Walter Bruggemann is always a good go-to. I have testified here at IM to a journey of having learned something much different than what I was taught in my evangelical background. That is, that God and his people, particularly as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, share […]

Fr. Freeman on the Two-Storey vs. the One-Storey Universe

Christians must live in a way and learn a manner of understanding that allows the reintegration of the world. • Fr. Stephen Freeman • • • Many of my earliest religious memories are connected with funerals. I came from a large extended family, all of whom lived in the same county. It was inevitable that […]

A Better Kingdom Vision

A Bigger Kingdom Vision At The Gospel Coalition, Jeremy Treat has written an article called, “The Kingdom of God in 8 Words.” It begins like this: The number-one thing Jesus talked about is the kingdom of God. It’s everywhere in the Gospels and impossible to miss. But if the theme of the kingdom is so […]

Richard Beck on Weakness and the Spirit

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for his series on Paul and the Law at his blog, Experimental Theology. Here is a tremendously insightful post on Paul’s concept of “the flesh” that opens the door, in my view, for a much richer, deeper, and broader understanding of salvation. • • • Richard Beck on […]

Another Look: God’s Scandalous Patience

God is transforming and reconciling the world. But unlike human revolutionaries who demand instant and total change, God is not impatient. The arc of the universe bends toward the full reconciliation of all creation, but — “Come, Lord Jesus!” — that arc is long. • C. Christopher Smith & John Pattison • • • This […]

Saturday with Michael Spencer: The Things that Won’t Go Away

Saturday with Michael Spencer The Things that Won’t Go Away They’re back. My sins, that is. Just in case you need to know, my name is Michael Spencer. I’m a Christian minister who has given 33+ years of my life to telling people… My sins, O the bliss of this glorious thought My sins not […]

Another Look: An Ordinary God

Another Look: An Ordinary God From 2014 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer

Wednesday with Michael Spencer From Standing on My Own Trap Door (2007) I can’t recall the author, but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people to agree to evangelistic sentences. The sentences mattered very much; more than almost anything else. Correctly worded sentences, turned […]