Satur-deja Vu

A notable distinction he never wanted: Jim Gilligan was the winner of the last episode of Jeopardy hosted by Alex Trebek and the returning champ on the first show hosted by Ken Jennings. Katie Couric, Mayim Bialik and Bill Whitaker are slated to appear as guest hosts and more will be announced later. A permanent replacement for Trebek has not been announced. Each guest host serves a two week stint and the cumulative total of winner takes during that two week period is donated to a charity of the guest host’s choosing.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #119

You will immediately notice the music is a little different this week. The original post had a comment from a “sometimes reader” that liked it better than the usual hard rock/ metal sounding bumper music. Shoutout to the BHT’s magic tail chasing wonderdog, the inimitable, infamous Van Til.

What are God’s purposes in the current financial crisis? You may recall banks and the auto industry in particular getting federal bailouts, along with some serious restructuring of both.

The Confessing Evangelical articles are no longer available (it was 2008) but the Catholic News Agency post about the Apostle Paul is still up.

iMonk Radio: Podcast #118

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.

Satur-deja Vu

If you’re superstitious, the black eyed peas are meant to bring health in the new year and the collard greens (or greens of your choice) will bring wealth. I consider this meal to be traditional New Year’s Day fare. My wife decided to cook dry beans and boil down fresh collards this year, I’m usually a little lazier than that.

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iMonk Radio: Podcast #117

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.

iMonk Radio: Podcast #116

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.

iMonk Radio: Podcast #115

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.

iMonk Radio: Podcast #113

“On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand” commentary in light of the world going to hell in a handbasket. Discussion of Mark Driscoll at the Desiring God Conference. Conflict with a “Lutheran brother” at the Boar’s Head Tavern.

iMonk Radio: Podcast #112

In this week’s episode, Michael turns 52 and talks about his 4th gen. iPod Nano. Some discussion of a convention that he did not attend and has long since passed.

A current event at the time involving LifeWay stores leads to a discussion of women pastors. Michael also talks about New Reformation Press and what the rest of us can learn from Lutherans.