The 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.” Continue reading
If your neighborhood is anything like mine, there is a church on every corner. The population of the county I live in is a little less than 56,000 and I would not be surprised if there were 150 churches. Without getting into church splits and all the baggage that entails, let’s ask this question instead: Are there really that many theological and doctrinal issues that divide us? While there are some real distinctives, such as between Protestants and Catholics, the truth is most Christians are more alike than we are different. To define the differences between Baptists, Methodists and Presbyterians we really have to get kind of nit-picky. The basic tenants of the Christian faith – in other words the things that really matter – are shared by all Christians everywhere.
Please read this post from the original Internet Monk. The discussions and debates can be a distraction to those of us inside the church and a stumbling block to those on the outside, but at the end of the day we are more alike than we are different.
What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 1 Corinthians 1:12-13
Paul Wilkinson is no stranger to The Master’s Table. In addition to blogging at Thinking Out Loud and Christianity 201, his Wednesday Link List appears weekly at the Parse Leadership Journal of Christianity Today. He is on our blog roll and has been our guest blogger a time or two. Read his review that ran Monday on Thinking Out Loud.
Denise Spencer is the “first lady” of Internet Monk. Her late husband Michael Spencer was my friend and mentor in real life and the original Internet Monk, creating, writing, posting and managing the blog from 2001 until 2010. Mike Mercer and others continue the online work Michael started. Denise continues to work on the mission field in south-eastern Kentucky where the Bunches and Spencers once served together. Read her review, posted Thursday at Internet Monk.
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Do you get a late start on a beautiful weekend day like this, or get up at the same time to the usual morning routine? Is your Saturday filled with yard sales, grocery shopping, kids at home from school or do you get the chance to genuinely relax? And what about the Internet?
I don’t follow stats like I used to, but the trend used to lean toward less active views over the weekend. Hopefully there are more exciting things going on and everyone is out and about; could also be more people just stay in bed all day. If you’re online and still looking for a break in the routine, here’s a couple of fun suggestions.
Saturday Ramblings at Internet Monk – a collection of stories and tidbits that didn’t make the regular cut during the week. There’s usually a paragraph or so on each and linkage to original sources. Kind of a mixed bag of leftover goodies.
Saturday Morning Cereal at Storyline Blog promises to be the best of the Internet from the past week. I’m afraid this link is to the best of the Internet from the week before because this morning’s cereal seems to be late. I hope they haven’t decided to scratch that feature just when I got around to promoting it.
Are you blogging any special Saturday things we need to look into? Share in the comments.
Daniel Jepsen is not new to Internet Monk nor The Master’s Table. His new role, however, is presenter of Saturday Ramblings at internetmonk.com. Here is a link to his first offering. You can also read Daniel at his blog Sliced Soup. Hot tip: you won’t learn anything reading his About page.
Were it not for Saturday Ramblings, I may never have heard about a satanic church in New York raising money to build a statue honoring Satan. Which they plan to place, where else, but next to the Ten Commandments in front of the state capitol in Oklahoma. Saturday Ramblings 2.0 will continue to bring you all the news that’s fit to print; and then some.
Normally I talk about the commandments being problematic in relation to our ability to keep them. God knew Israel, and all mankind for that matter, would fail to keep the Law. What we need is an all sufficient savior. The commandments have a purpose, but they cannot make a person righteous. Think of them as a ruler used to measure how far we fall short. Jesus told the Pharisees they kept the letter of the Law but did not understand the spirit of the Law. Paul calls the Law a burden we are not able to bear. Moses was the first person to break all ten commandments; wait for it…
When I heard the SBC would appoint their first ever African-American president I thought “well that’s neat.” When I learned he mangled a new motorcycle at age 21, later walking down the aisle on crutches… now there’s a guy I can respect. Read more on Fred Luter’s life in ministry here, via Baptist Press.
Here’s another story coming out of the SBC convention this week – in something of an ongoing conflict, SBC messengers passed on a resolution on the “sinner’s prayer.” The headline for the article is worded badly, but the report is excellent. Full text of the resolution is included.
It’s not nearly short enough for Twitter, but here is the message of the Bible in only 221 words.
The Donald Miller blog is going on hiatus and will return new and improved on August 1st. Here’s the list of what to expect.
Meanwhile, Tall Skinny Kiwi just changed the appearance of his blog, citing the old look as “boring.” Check it out, I like it.
I always enjoy getting some classic iMonk, and here’s a collection of original Internet Monk selections from 2005.
I don’t regularly read Mark Driscoll, so thanks to Noel Heikkinen for sharing 11 Practical Ways for Men to Lead a Family.
I didn’t even know there was a .church internet domain; meanwhile, LifeChurch.tv wants to own it.
Did the Supreme Court strike down indecency laws regulating t.v. broadcasts? No it did not, although the Associated Press initially reported so. The Court ruled a narrow decision on only the two cases, involving FOX and ABC, that were being considered. The Court did not overturn the existing laws nor consider constitutionality of the existing FCC regulations. Full story here.
The Six Commandments? A federal judge suggests that public displays of the 10 commandments can be made constitutional by removing the four that directly mention God or the Sabbath. More here.
Tim Challies comments on The State of Preaching. Notice what he says about the Gospel.
Ridley Scott (director of Alien and it’s prequel Prometheus) says he plans to direct a Moses film. Scott is skeptical of all religion, calling it “the source of all evil.”
Chaplain Mike, of Internet Monk, takes a break from reformed theology and reminds us he has a sense of humor in Signs You May Have Hit the Wall.
I enjoy celebrating a good *blogiversary, and Tall Skinny Kiwi just turned nine.
It’s apparently been around for a while, but I just saw the Blue Like Jazz trailer this weekend (before watching MIB3).
*There is some disagreement on spelling. I prefer blogoversary, the same way we spell blogosphere. Blogiversary uses the letter i presumably to look more like anniversary; I used the same spelling in this post that Andrew used. I’m probably overthinking it, one of the marks of a good blogger.
April 5th marks the second anniversary of the passing of Michael Spencer. The house that Michael built, Internet Monk, paid homage to his legacy. My tribute to Michael is here; I was privileged to know him in real life before ever learning about Internet Monk. I didn’t even know what blogging was.
I received an email about Christian Youth Initiative Worldwide. I’m still in the process of finding out more myself, but they seem to be on the up and up. There is a blog, but also Grok Radio – whatever that is. It’s worth a look.
Remember What Would Jesus Do? Michael Kelly asks the question “What would you do it you knew you were going to die on Friday?” Then he lists several things Jesus did. Interesting thought.
I may not have linked him before, but Mike Ratliff writes some good stuff at Possessing the Treasure. The Son of Man is the Good Shepherd is a great example. Go back and read all of Mike’s posts for this week.
Remember Ed Young, of Sexperiment fame? Out of Ur shares with us his latest stunt: baptizing with sharks.
From Desiring God Ministries, Race and the Christian is available for download. Originally live-streamed, you can watched John Piper, Tim Keller and Anthony Bradley or download the video. There is also a Q&A session at the same link.
Aida Spencer (Christian Post blogs) shares a personal story of discovery in What Does Easter Mean? *please note: Aida and William Spencer are both ordained Presbyterian ministers. I’m not asking you to join her church, just read the blog post.
Finally tonight, please pray for Chuck Colson. He is recovering from brain surgery but still in critical condition. Known for founding Prison Fellowship (and for his role in Watergate) the 80-year-old Colson was speaking last Friday when he fell ill, and had surgery on Saturday morning.
That’s why I love Michael Spencer. I still read Christian blogs, including Internet Monk. I author a Christian blog, but haven’t found anything that gets my gears turning the way Spencer did. Read this classic iMonk post to see what I’m talking about.
Michael Spencer was blogging before I knew what a blog was. He started internetmonk.com 12 years ago, really getting in on the ground floor of the Christian blogosphere. Chaplain Mike and others keep the dream alive at iMonk after Michael passed away in April of 2010. I was a disciple of Michael in real life for seven years, and he had a profound impact on the way I think about ministry. The post linked above cuts right to the heart Christianity.