Contradictions among the Baptists

Michael Spencer did not subscribe to Biblical inerrancy. Inerrancy looks, smells and feels remarkably like a philosophical imposition on the Bible, going beyond what the Bible CAN say about itself, and forcing those of us who believe in the authority and truthfulness of the Bible to take a “loyalty oath” that goes beyond what shouldContinue reading “Contradictions among the Baptists”

iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer from October 2009 Note from CM: In the Lutheran tradition, the debate described in this post would not have occurred. I present this today because (1) we have had some discussion this week about children with special needs, and (2) many of our readers come from credo-baptist traditions whereContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Special Needs Members OR How I Was Right and Wrong About Baptizing An Autistic Boy”

iMonk Classic: Talk Hard II — Defending Dissent

Classic iMonk Post  by Michael Spencer From February 2009 NOTE FROM CM: I regularly direct people to Michael Spencer’s classic essay, The Original Talk Hard: Defending the Role of the Critic in Christianity. I do this when we get criticism that we are being unloving and judgmental. I’m sure we fall into that trap sometimes, but theContinue reading “iMonk Classic: Talk Hard II — Defending Dissent”

iMonk Classic: On Re-Baptism

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Sept, 2008 Note from CM: A reader wrote me this week and asked about whether she should be re-baptized. After being baptized as an infant, she grew up in a nominal Catholic home, came “back to God” (her words) as an adult, and now the church sheContinue reading “iMonk Classic: On Re-Baptism”

iMonk Classic: A Generous Catholicity

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted February 8, 2006 We like the creeds….except for the catholic parts. “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…” -The Apostle’s Creed “And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;… Amen.”Continue reading “iMonk Classic: A Generous Catholicity”

Open Mic: Why Do Women Want Moore?

By Chaplain Mike This week’s Christianity Today magazine has a cover feature on Beth Moore. I have not read all of it yet, but while I am in the process, I thought I would give our Internet Monk community a chance to answer the question the title implies: Why are people (especially women) so attractedContinue reading “Open Mic: Why Do Women Want Moore?”

IM Book Review: The “Radical” Approach: Missio Dei, or Wretched Urgency?

By Chaplain Mike I both loved and was troubled by David Platt’s bold, clear book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. It’s an impressive first effort, but I have my concerns. For starters, the author must be deemed a prodigy. I mean, the guy was in his mid-20’s when he was calledContinue reading “IM Book Review: The “Radical” Approach: Missio Dei, or Wretched Urgency?”

Dr. Timothy George on The Baptist View of the Lord’s Supper

UPDATE: Dr. George has an article at Christianity Today this week: What Baptists Can Learn From Calvin. As a student at Southern Seminary in the early 80’s, I was blessed beyond measure to have a young, brilliant and engaging church history professor named Dr. Timothy George. I’ve long admired Dr. George and his teaching onContinue reading “Dr. Timothy George on The Baptist View of the Lord’s Supper”

Reader Request: Problems With Baptists and the Lord’s Supper

UPDATE: Other IM posts on this topic: Baptist Reasons For Not Celebrating the LS, Confessional Resources, Discerning the Presence of Christ, Intro to the Baptist Way. LOTS of links to Baptist material on the supper in this posts, especially the last one. If you want to study our view from the best sources, I’ve broughtContinue reading “Reader Request: Problems With Baptists and the Lord’s Supper”