Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 31, 2017. Opening Day Edition

Note from CM: Michael Spencer, one of the world’s greatest baseball fans, died on Opening Day of the MLB season — April 5, 2010. The box score above shows that his beloved Cincinnati Reds lost that night to the St. Louis Cardinals. Win or lose, I can’t think of Michael without smiling in brotherly sympathy with hisContinue reading “Fridays with Michael Spencer: March 31, 2017. Opening Day Edition”

Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 18, 2016

For the next few weeks, I will run iMonk posts that Michael wrote back in 2006. His subject was “the sermon,” and the series was called “What’s Wrong with the Sermon?” Here is Michael’s explanation of the approach he took: In this series of posts I will be examining the sermon as it is currentlyContinue reading “Mondays with Michael Spencer: January 18, 2016”

Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 10, 2015

The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them, all the exciting detail of the chase and the escape, the error the flash of genius, all to no end save beauty the eternal – • William Carlos Williams “The Crowd At The Baseball Game” • • •Continue reading “Sundays with Michael Spencer: May 10, 2015”

Emerging from Gethsemani: What I did and what I read

I spent Monday through Friday last week at one of my favorite places in the world: The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky. This was my third retreat at Gethsemani, and each of them has had a different purpose. I went in November 2011 in a state of exhaustion from a heavyContinue reading “Emerging from Gethsemani: What I did and what I read”

A Response to Owen Strachan on Cultural Courage

Owen Strachan has written a piece at his blog thoughtlife called “Cultural Capitulation to Homosexuality is Not Courageous.” Strachan is Assistant Professor of Christian Theology and Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Those connections tell you pretty much what you need to know aboutContinue reading “A Response to Owen Strachan on Cultural Courage”

Ancient-Future Faith (2): Christ for a Postmodern World

For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. – Ephesians 1:9-10, RSV For in him allContinue reading “Ancient-Future Faith (2): Christ for a Postmodern World”

Another Look: The Contexts of Faith

Much Christian piety and spirituality is romantic and unreal in its positiveness. As children of the Enlightenment, we have censored and selected around the voice of darkness and disorientation, seeking to go from strength to strength, from victory to victory. But such a way not only ignores the Psalms; it is a lie in termsContinue reading “Another Look: The Contexts of Faith”

Wilderness Update: The Next Step in the Journey

On Monday, I will begin the next leg of my journey into ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church (ELCA). Having been accepted into the process (“Entranced,” in ELCA lingo) based on various interviews and documents submitted, tests taken, and background checks completed, I will now find out my recommended course through a Theological Review PanelContinue reading “Wilderness Update: The Next Step in the Journey”

Lee Adams: A Dirt Road Defense of Infant Baptism

Lee blogs at Homilies, Prayers, and Bread for the Journey. * * * August 23, 2012. This post is written in honor of my baby girls, Addie Lee and Reagan.  At ages 19 months and 10 weeks, respectively, they will both receive the sacrament of baptism this weekend at Gordon’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  TheContinue reading “Lee Adams: A Dirt Road Defense of Infant Baptism”