Remembering Internet Monk

Screenshot 2015-04-08 at 7.40.37 PMThe Internet Monk website is alive and well thanks to the efforts of Mike Mercer and some other talented individuals. This week marks 5 years since the passing of the original Internet Monk Michael Spencer. Whether your in the fan club camp or have no idea who I’m talking about, check out this collection of Michael Spencer quotes from the iMonk archives. If you still want some more, check out Internet Monk every Sunday for a series of “Sundays with Michael Spencer.”

True story – I came to the back door of the faculty dining hall at Oneida Baptist Institute. It was my first year teaching and I wouldn’t have a key to that door for another year. I knocked on the door, banged on the glass, waved my hands over my head. I could have sworn a couple of people looked right at me and continued eating. After walking around the building I relayed my story in a very animated fashion. Michael Spencer stopped eating just long enough to say “If you want a friend in Oneida, get a dog.”

Michael and I went on to become great friends; but we also got a dog because we were new and I didn’t know if that advice was sarcasm or not.

Link List Turns 250

Screenshot 2015-04-08 at 10.26.27 AMI don’t mention the Wednesday Link List on here every week for several reasons. For one thing, many of my readers are probably reading or following Canadian blogger Paul Wilkinson already. Linking a list of blog links also has a certain redundancy to it, especially if the list includes a link back here. I do post a link every week on the Facebook page, but that page has fewer followers than this blog and of course not everyone is on Facebook, so I do like to mention it from time to time.

Today marks a milestone as the Wednesday version of the Link List hits 250 posts!  It also contains a couple of posts I really enjoyed, like 10 Secrets of the Senior Pastor and the Religious Affections article on How Our Children Learn to Worship. So if you haven’t seen today’s Wednesday Link List pop in for a short visit. It’s also better to click through and leave comments at the sources and not just on the Link List page.

He Lives; Now What?

Romans 8 11“I serve a risen savior, he’s in the world today.” Those are the opening words to the hymn He Lives (Alfred Henry Ackley, 1933). Easter Sunday has come and gone, but Jesus is more than alive, he is risen! He was dead and became the firstborn of the resurrection. Jesus told Martha in John 11:25 that he is the resurrection. Death, hell and the grave have been defeated. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55

I folded the purple and white linens and put them back in the plastic container yesterday, and took down the wooden cross from the front lawn of the church. Like packing up Christmas decorations they were put away until next year. For the true believer, Jesus is more than something we can put away until the next Christian holiday. Followers, disciples, just like those guys pictured above sitting at the table, “have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Galatians 2:20 Look at Romans 8:11 in the post image (click on it for full size if you need to). Ackley’s hymn goes on to say “You ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart.”

If that’s really the case, if we are raised into new life in Christ, if the Holy Spirit dwells within, then Easter is only the beginning. 40 days after Easter on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell on those gathered in the upper room and they went out into the streets and changed the world. They didn’t organize a committee or have a big fund raiser, they went out and proclaimed the Gospel! Peter preached that Jesus, killed at the hands of lawless men, was raised by God from the dead because he could not be held by it. 3,000 souls were saved on that day and the New Testament Church Age began. Jesus is alive today and that same Spirit lives in the heart of every believer.

After the resurrection Jesus gave his disciples what we know today as the Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (see Matthew 28:16-20) Gluing an ichthus emblem to the back of your car is a token gesture; we are called to proclaim the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We certainly need to do more with Jesus than put him in a plastic container in a storage room. 

Holy Week

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Resurrection Sunday (also known as Easter). I have been blogging since 2008 and have posted many times on the events of Holy Week. On the one hand I don’t wish to keep writing and posted material that is already here. On the other hand there are constantly new friends discovering The Master’s Table and following that have not read those previous posts. And we are talking about the greatest story ever told; it is central to our identity as Christians and never gets old. Continue reading