Jesus and My Stuff

My men’s Bible study has been reading and discussing John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life. If you aren’t familiar with DWYL, it is a small book that Piper wrote to persuade college-age young people to live missional, Kingdom-building, God-glorifying and passionate lives. If you want to give the “Piper” experience in short form, thisContinue reading “Jesus and My Stuff”

Evangelical Anxieties 1: Is Christianity a Religion of Fear?

This is the first in a new series of posts exploring the increasing role fear is playing in evangelicalism. I anticipate ten or more posts in the series, and I hope they will be helpful to my readers. I could write more on these topics, but this is a blog, not a book. I lookContinue reading “Evangelical Anxieties 1: Is Christianity a Religion of Fear?”

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 and powerful gift to the church. Consider howContinue reading “A Crowd of Witnesses”

Remembering The Stutterer

When I was a child and a teenager, I stuttered. For several years, quite badly. Those who know me will notice that I can still get into some stuttering patterns when I’m nervous or stressed, but for the most part, my stuttering left me around age 15 when I started preaching regularly. There are differentContinue reading “Remembering The Stutterer”

Christmas Eve 2006: A World Just Beyond Our Grasp

It is traditional for me to post something about Christmas. The following is adapted from a sermon preached at a local Baptist Church, December 24, 11:00 a.m. 2006. A Christ-filled, joyous Christmas to all my Internet Monk readers.. A World Just Beyond Our Grasp. (Luke 1:46-55; Hebrews 10:4-10) At the Spencer household, Christmas traditions areContinue reading “Christmas Eve 2006: A World Just Beyond Our Grasp”

The Third Week of Advent: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light

This is a sermon written for the third week of Advent. It’s expanded from a talk I gave at soli deo, Tuesday, January 19th. For a complete and substantial response to Sam Harris’s book, Letters to a Christian Nation, see Douglas Wilson’s excellent series “Letters To Mr. Harris.” (Archived here, earliest one at the endContinue reading “The Third Week of Advent: The Unlikely Outrage of the Gospel of Light”

A Pointed Question: Why Not Rather Suffer Wrong?

(The following post is a summary of a recent chapel message. I originally thought of the message after hearing C.J. Mahaney teach on the passage. My use in chapel and here is my own, but I acknowledge his excellent exposition and application as my starting point.) I Corinthians 6:1 When one of you has aContinue reading “A Pointed Question: Why Not Rather Suffer Wrong?”

The Final Deposition: Pilate and the Cynicism of Contemporary Truth Seeking

(Some of the material in this essay was inspired by reading John’s Wisdom by Ben Witherington III, Westminster John Knox Press , 1995.) For the past two years, I’ve been leading a weekly adult Bible study on the Gospel of John for my fellow OBI staff members. For the past three weeks, we’ve been inContinue reading “The Final Deposition: Pilate and the Cynicism of Contemporary Truth Seeking”

Evening Gathering: 11.19.06 : Wrestling God

Here’s an example of what I do in preaching to the boarding school students at our Sunday evening gathering. (Our day students and most of our staff aren’t present as they are in daily chapel.) The message is called “Wrestling God,” and it is an example of the kind of message and approach that IContinue reading “Evening Gathering: 11.19.06 : Wrestling God”

Ruin the Ski Retreat for Jesus

I’m looking at a promotional flyer for a typical American youth ministry ski retreat. I used to get these all the time when I was in the youth ministry biz at large Southern Baptist Churches. I don’t get this much anymore, which probably counts for how I started looking at this one with a differentContinue reading “Ruin the Ski Retreat for Jesus”