Welcome to the Internet Monk Archives

For twenty years, Internet Monk has provided an oasis in the wilderness of American Evangelicalism where people can come, read, and talk about the journey of faith in pursuit of a Jesus-shaped spirituality. Michael Spencer was the founder and main writer of the blog for ten years, until his untimely death in April, 2010. SinceContinue reading “Welcome to the Internet Monk Archives”

Another Look: Jesus as the New Adam

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”    Continue reading “Another Look: Jesus as the New Adam”

Another Look: This is not where I live

One. At breakfast with a local pastor the other morning, he told me if there was one thing he could change in his congregation, it would be that people would stop listening to news and political pundits that make them angry. Two. One of our long faithful readers sent me an email the other day.Continue reading “Another Look: This is not where I live”

Goodbye, Angry Young Prophet?

In the last year or two, I have been deeply convicted by God that my angry-young-prophet days are over, to be replaced by a helpful, Bible-teaching spiritual father. Those closest to me have said they recognize a deep change, which has been encouraging because I hope to continually be sanctified by God’s grace. I understandContinue reading “Goodbye, Angry Young Prophet?”

What Should We Do? David Fitch Suggests: “Maybe Nothing.”

Christians are doers. We think churches are supposed to be “doing” places. Pastors and church staff are the chief doers but everyone else knows they are supposed to be doers too. We expect churches to have an active approach to mission, to have programs that will enable people of all ages and different life settingsContinue reading “What Should We Do? David Fitch Suggests: “Maybe Nothing.””

Riffs: 11:23:09: Required Behavior Modification and the Gospel

Like any and all Riffs, these are simply some of my thoughts inspired by other posts and discussions. Not a throw down, etc. This morning at evangel, Joe Carter voiced some of his frustration at the way the “law/Gospel” distinction sounds to his ears. I’ve wrestled with this myself on this site. Then, in theContinue reading “Riffs: 11:23:09: Required Behavior Modification and the Gospel”

My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3)

I’ve been trying to emphasize the Gospel as the foundational content of the Christian life for many years. While I’ve worked at fresh articulations of the Gospel, there are a lot of familiar articulations of the Gospel that show up in my preaching and teaching with high school students and the adults in chapel andContinue reading “My Strange Experiences With An Absent Gospel: Gospel Articulations (Part 3)”

Preaching for Grown-Ups: Mark 13

Today’s Gospel reading was Mark 13:1-8. There’s a chapter with “Can o’ Worms” written all over it. When I deal with this chapter, I try to show that the parts of the chapter that are easily understood plainly give us instructions on what we are to be doing and not doing. Hope this message isContinue reading “Preaching for Grown-Ups: Mark 13”

iMonk 101: My Annual Halloween Rant (One of them) Revisited

Originally published at the Steve Brown, Etc. Guest Room Blog. You also might enjoy “The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast,” from deep in the IM archives. Here’s a good post on “How to have a great Catholic Halloween.” No Protestants are harmed. It’s OK. The best article on Hallloween remains James Jordan’s “A Different ViewContinue reading “iMonk 101: My Annual Halloween Rant (One of them) Revisited”

Liturgical Gangstas 16: Spiritual Warfare

UPDATE: Comments are closed. Welcome to IM’s popular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion among different liturgical traditions represented in the Internet Monk audience. Who are the Gangstas? Father Ernesto Obregon is an Eastern Orthodox priest. Rev. Joe Boysel is an Anglican (AMiA) priest and professor of Bible at Ohio Christian University in Circleville,Continue reading “Liturgical Gangstas 16: Spiritual Warfare”