October 25, 2020

Update From The Publisher

Howdy, iMonks! This is your friendly Internet Monk publisher stopping in to share a few of the fun goings-on here at the iMonastery. I hope all is well with you, and I cannot thank you enough for being a part of our community.

Many of you have written to me to ask how Denise Spencer is doing. She is doing as well as can be expected. Denise continues to attend her hospice-sponsored bereavement support group, and is working through books on grief that have been recommended to her. “I miss Michael so much,” says Denise, “both at work and at home. But God keeps reminding me of His nearness and His healing power.” Denise asks that you keep her in your prayers, as well as her children, Clay and Noel. And she is very grateful that you are concerned for her.

Chaplain Mike, the editorial director of these pages, is going to step away from his keyboard for the next few days to participate in his daughter’s wedding. We like weddings. We especially like the food they serve after the wedding. Nut cups, those little mints that look like pillows, cheese cubes on toothpicks–it’s all good. Congrats to Chaplain Mike and his family on this happy occasion. In the meantime you will be hearing a lot from … well, me. I am trying to rouse the other iMonk writers to write, and I think I just may have something fun from some of them. And they all send their best wishes your way, if not actual posts. You do realize, don’t you, that none of us get paid for this? Well, it’s actually my job to try to make some money from this for Chaplain Mike, but so far it has cost me money to keep this going. Not complaining, just sayin’. So when you see a well thought-out essay by Chaplain Mike, know that he wrote that after putting in eight to ten hours at his “real” job. Same with Lisa, Damaris, Mike, Joe and Adam. Oh, and me. We love writing for you, so don’t think this is a hardship. And I still turn down a lot of very good people and good writers who would love to be a part of this team. We have Michael Spencer’s legacy to continue, and we don’t take that lightly. Nor do we take lightly our responsibility to you.

There are a couple of ways you can help us make ends meet here at the monastery. First, you can shop for books, music, etc., through our iMonkPublishing site. This takes you to Amazon where you buy your items as usual, and at Amazon’s usual price. If you go through us first, we get a small percentage of the purchase price as an Amazon affiliate. We are looking to develop more affiliations in the days to come. Another way we bring in money is through the sale of the ads you see on the right hand side of the page. If you are interested in advertising with us, email me (jeff@internetmonk.com) and I will give you a better price than if you go through the agency we are contracting with. We have tens of thousands of visitors each month, so this is a great place to let people know of your product or service.

One of our longtime sponsors, and great friends to the iMonk community, is New Reformation Press. If you haven’t stopped in their store lately, do so today. They have downloadable sermons, books, t-shirts and caps and more to challenge you and, most likely, challenge those around you. I can’t wait to get my Simul Iustus et Peccator (At Once Justified and Sinner) t-shirt! Oh, and the classic message by Rod Rosenbladt, The Gospel For Those Broken By The Church, is now available for free. This is a must-have–and now free. Also check out their Bible In An Hour.

Have you ever been to Israel? Would you like to go to Israel as part of a group of iMonks? We are investigating the possibility of taking a Holy Land tour next spring. The dates would be April 28 through May 6. Cost for the trip, including airfare from LAX would be $2895. If you are even slightly interested in this, please email me at jeff@internetmonk.com. At this time we just want to see if there is enough interest to continue the planning for this.

We here at the iMonastery try stay on top of things as much as possible, but we sure are appreciative when you let us know of something we should consider, whether it be for Saturday Ramblings or a more complete essay. If there is something you want us to be aware of, or you want to suggest a Scripture for Difficult Scriptures, or if you just want to tell us what great people we are, you can write to me and I will be sure to spread the love around to the rest of the staff.

Well, I think that about wraps it up for this edition of Update From The Publisher. Stay tuned for some fun discussions in the next few days. No, I’m not Chaplain Mike. But on the other hand, he’s no Jeff Dunn.


  1. Since he is not here, I can talk about him.
    Chaplain Mike has been a huge blessing to me on my wilderness walk.
    He surely deserves some time off to be with his family for the wedding!!

  2. Thanks for the update. Denise is frequently on my mind and heart.

    Going to Israel with a bunch of non-evangelozoinists would be cool. Last time I was there I was traveling with Palestinian Muslims, They had a hard time finding the places I wanted to visit and assumed I would just want to buy religious trinkets made in China.

  3. Not sure what I think about a trip to Israel. Not happy at all with the secular Israeli state at this point. Stuxnet was a reckless idea and will have very serious consequences for them and for any country friendly with Israel. It ushers in a very ugly escalation in state-sponsored cyber terrorism.

    • Currently there is nothing but speculation implicating Israel as the creators of Stuxnet.

      • There’s growing credible evidence. It’s also not the first time that Israel’s 8200 is believed to have engaged in cyber warfare. A similar worm was used to take out Syrian air defense systems prior to the bombing of their nuclear facility.

  4. I’m earning some extra cash doing an overnight paper delivery route. The other day around 3:30am I heard an ESPN radio news update mentioning the Cincinatti Reds going to the play offs – finally. I broke suddenly into tears, thinking of how much I miss Michael’s baseball banter. So, from one proud MN Twins fan, let me say in honor of Michael, “Go Reds!” Peace.

  5. Thank you, Jeff, for being careful in who you select to initiate posts at this site. You and the other writers do a great job educating, initiating discussion, keeping it interesting.

    A trip to the Holy Land sounds great, if I only had the money. We are to the point of selling things to pay bills now…sold a ring, selling a vehicle, emptying a small life insurance policy that is kind of like a savings. So, no trip for me!

    I think it was EricW who wrote about wanting to talk about the difficult scripture passages where Jesus tells his disciples to bring swords with them and when they have two, he says “Enough.” I second the motion.

    I am sorry to hear that you are losing money keeping this site going. If I want to buy some books from Amazon, can I email you privately and ask you to add them to your list so I can click through this site to get to Amazon and then you get a bit of the money? If it’s a book you don’t really want to have listed, you could then “unlist” it.

    • Joanie, I may be next in line behind you at the pawn shop. Anyone want to buy a slightly-used 17 year old boy? Yes, email me with any books you want to see in our store. I have neglected it lately and need to add a bunch, maybe this weekend.

      I guess you could start selling lobster rolls on the side of the road to tourists. Have them wash it down with an ice-cold Moxie…

    • I am so sorry to hear of your financial situation, Joanie.

      • Thanks, Kozak. And Jeff, I have wondered before how much it would cost to get set up in a road-side kind of business. I would think setting up on a big beach like Old Orchard Beach selling ice-creams, cold drinks, hot-dogs could work. But hey, I haven’t been to that beach since I was a kid, so likely there are so many business on the long wharf and other places that would give lots of competition. It was just a thought.

        I wish I could come up with some little invention like Post-It notes and make millions! I will work on it. Maybe before I go to sleep I will pray to have some invention idea come into my mind while I dream. I have had entire songs come into my mind while dreaming and yes, when I woke up I couldn’t remember it all, but it WAS there. “You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.” I could use a more creative outlet than what I do for my work as a juvenile probation officer. I realize you can be creative at anything you do, but sometimes it does take a change a scenery to get the creative juices flowing more freely.

  6. Well Jeff…I’ll be one of those people who tell you what great people you are. Because you are. I read this blog like a daily paper and am so encouraged, challenged and strengthened by it. Hope you all continue this forever.

  7. Hey Jeff,

    So last Saturday my husband and I were at the Lebanon AppleFest and I thought to myself….”It would be so cool to run into Jeff Dunn!”

    I realize that, in most circles, this does not qualify as a Super Spiritual comment on how deeply you have impacted me. 🙂

    However, I suspect that it makes you smile.

    I, for one, am convinced that sharing an Iron’s Farm Apple Fritter is the first step in ending the Culture War, the Worship War and all manner of church splits! 😉

    • You do know I was born in Lebanon, right? And that the Irons are my cousins? I concur that one of their fritters could initiate peace breaking out left and right…!

      And you made me smile, CincyGirl.

      Go Reds!

      • Yep….well, not the part about the Irons being your cousins, very cool!

        Seriously, I was actually looking for you…thought you might have made the trip home for the Apple-festivities.

        Since we are name-dropping and all. Kayla, daughter and grand daughter of the Village Ice Cream family, was a bridesmaid in my daughter’s wedding. Funny thing is, even though they grew up 15 minutes apart, they never knew each other until they both ended up at Butler University.

        Go Reds Indeed!

        • I have been in Ohio 14 times in the last 13 months to help care for my parents. I would love to have come back for AppleFest, but I am hoping to give the I-44/I-70 corridor a break for a little while. Does your daughter get free cones at the Village? And do you frequent the Breakfast Club? And have you visited the Oaks Community Church in Middletown?

  8. So when you see a well thought-out essay by Chaplain Mike, know that he wrote that after putting in eight to ten hours at his “real” job. Same with Lisa, Damaris, Mike, Joe and Adam. Oh, and me.

    Kinda makes you wonder how Michael Spencer could have such a prodigious output of writing on this blog. I guess it really was a “gift”.
    Thanks for your efforts.

  9. Steve, I was amazed, too, at the amount of writing that Michael Spencer did while holding a full-time job. And lately, Chaplain Mike has been producing so much good written work that I don’t know how he does it either. I just could not be as disciplined, thoughtful and thorough as the two of them have been.

  10. Salsapinkkat says

    I love this site- I’m only a newbie (couple of months) but have found it challenging & inspiring & have been forwarding relevant posts for our leadership team (mostly appreciative, I think!)

    Question: As a UK reader, can I buy stuff from Amazon.co.uk through your site- or could you add them as affiliates?