Note: Up until recently, if Michael mentioned a comment thread or an IM blog post I could link to that post on the IM website. Sadly it’s all gone. 20 years of archived posts, guest posts, comment threads as well as an extensive blogroll and lists of resources and Mike Mercer threw it all in the trash. That was his decision to make. My decision is to continue sharing these podcasts which are the most downloaded files from my blog on an ongoing basis so I know Michael Spencer fans are still out there.
The Internet Monk website has come to the end of it’s 20 year run. Michael Spencer started blogging around the time of the 2000 election cycles (year of the hanging chads). After his passing in 2010, Chaplain Mike and other contributors continued the online discussion for another 10 years. There have been a lot of long sad goodbyes again in recent weeks, reminded me a lot of 2010 which doesn’t seem like that long ago.
I started re-posting these Internet Monk Radio podcasts a few months ago with no idea the end of the Internet Monk road was just around the corner. Because of Michael Spencer was my long sad goodbye, originally posted on Feb. 1, 2010. This project to archive and share the podcast episodes will continue until I work through my cache. Several people are downloading them each week so I can verify they are popular still.
Brief mentions of Drew Marshall radio show, an interview in Modern Reformation magazine and a podcast interview on SBC Voices. Some discussion of Michael’s personal history and the roles we each play. The bulk of the discussion is on the difference between Catholics and Evangelicals.
This episode was originally published in 2008 shortly after the election of Barack Obama. That’s old news but Michael Spencer shares insight and commentary about how elections in the United States differ from those in many other countries. His discussion of how current news events lead us to questions that create opportunities to share the gospel offers wisdom that is timeless.
Today is Christmas Eve but after a chaotic period in early December I’m trying to stay committed to posting on schedule. That means a discussion on Halloween and a talk about integrity. We hope you enjoy these blasts from the past. Have a safe and happy Christmas Day.
In this episode Michael Spencer shares his thoughts on the ESV Study Bible. I was the benefactor of one of a handful of Study Bibles that Michael received from various donors to his wish list. Pastors/preachers/serious Bible students used to build a library. Not too many of those these days but the ESV Study Bible is a single volume resource that could stand in for a small library if you can’t afford or don’t have the space for a real library.
Here is the open mic discussion of what the Bible can do. If you dig through far enough you can find a comment from me and discussion of me and my comments.
Fun fact: Van Til is mentioned right at the 5 min mark. I knew it would happen sooner or later.
Also in this podcast, the need to disquish Gospel from the Law.
A brief history of the Internet Monk blog; Michael’s dad and CB Radio; Christian movies (current at the time); Catholic friends and other assorted Christians.
“Church quitting in evangelicalism.” That’s what Michael Spencer wrote when this program was originally broadcast. Staying home on Sunday morning, on this episode of Internet Monk Radio.
Last week we speculated on the possibility of having two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. While that historic event did not occur, Hurricane Laura became one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall in the United States. Laura was a strong category 4 hurricane, almost a cat 5. Katrina, for comparison, was only a 3. Pray for everyone that has been and continues to be affected by this storm. It will soon be time to put our differences aside and go be the body of Christ. So far the pandemic has not stopped people from being generous with their time and financial resources. That fact is at least encouraging. Continue reading
The most American thing you will see today:
Unless you leave your house and go to pretty much any public place where masks are “required.” There you will see folks wearing masks over their mouths only, as chin straps, or pulled completely down to their necks. I said my bit about face masks a couple of weeks ago, not re-preaching that sermon. Hopefully the image made you smile. Welcome to the Satur-deja Vu. Continue reading
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