Death of the Internet Monk

Michael Spencer, a.k.a. Internet Monk, has died of cancer.  (Not to be confused with our own commenter on this blog Webmonk, who is still alive.)  His <a href=”http://www.internetmonk.com/”>blog</a>, subtitled “Dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness,” was a favorite site for honest theological and spiritual discussions.  A Baptist minister who strugged with some of the trappings of evangelicalism, Spencer was influenced by, among others, the Christ-centered, Gospel-centered emphasis of Lutheranism, though he bemoaned the way Lutherans tend to shut themselves off from other Christians.

Trevin Wax has gleaned some of his favorite posts:

I Like the Prayer List

The prayer list frees us from the notion that the people of God are the healthy, happy ones who turned up for worship today. It reminds us that our community is extended into hospitals, nursing homes, psych hospitals, the homes of the poor, the relationships we have with other kinds of Christians and the mission we’re on together.

The prayer list is a picture of the broken and humbled body of Christ. It has a particular kind of beauty, and I’m glad our church- which hasn’t gotten around to a confession, covenant or constitution- has that prayer list.

It’s part of my journey these days to know that my name will one day be on that list, and these will be the people who will love and pray for me when my place in the church is to be ministered unto by the praying people of God.

Grace is as Dangerous as Ever

When the quality of God’s mercy in the Gospel no longer amazes you, you will begin to justify the dilution of amazing grace into religious grace, or moral grace, or grace in response to something.

Real grace is simply inexplicable, inappropriate, out of the box, out of bounds, offensive, excessive, too much, given to the wrong people and all those things.

The Question is God; the Answer is Jesus

If you are going to think about God, go to Jesus and start there, stay there and end there.

This simple rule is too simple for the religious, the worldly wise, the power seeking and the proud.

It is infuriating to those who want to manipulate for money or distract for some personal agenda.

Jesus will break our idols, complicate our assumptions, overturn our tables and put himself squarely in the center of every question. He is the way, the truth, the life. He is the answer. He is the one way we think about, know, love, worship and relate to God.

When you think about God, go to Jesus.

via In Memory of Michael Spencer 1956-2010 : Kingdom People.

HT: Mary

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Booklover

    Thanks for letting us know. I didn’t even know the man personally, and I’m sitting here crying this morning. He did have very thoughtful posts. Maybe I felt a connection since I attend a Baptist church with my husband after having been raised MSLutheran.

    He only had cancer 4 months. Now all his questions will be answered. But he’s probably not even asking them–just basking in the glory of the Lord.

  • Booklover

    Thanks for letting us know. I didn’t even know the man personally, and I’m sitting here crying this morning. He did have very thoughtful posts. Maybe I felt a connection since I attend a Baptist church with my husband after having been raised MSLutheran.

    He only had cancer 4 months. Now all his questions will be answered. But he’s probably not even asking them–just basking in the glory of the Lord.

  • WebMonk

    I had found the InternetMonk website some time around 2005, and then the BHT very shortly thereafter. Michael was a cup of cool water in many ways – always pointing the ephemeral and passing fads which seem to be so prevalent back to the core which is Christ.

  • WebMonk

    I had found the InternetMonk website some time around 2005, and then the BHT very shortly thereafter. Michael was a cup of cool water in many ways – always pointing the ephemeral and passing fads which seem to be so prevalent back to the core which is Christ.

  • Booklover

    I apologize for posting twice in a row, but here is his bio which tells of his many blog awards, and interestingly lists the varied churches in which he preaches, and which he attends. He also lists the many folks to whom he is indebted, which is a sundry batch:

    http://www.internetmonk.com/michael-spencer-the-internet-monk

  • Booklover

    I apologize for posting twice in a row, but here is his bio which tells of his many blog awards, and interestingly lists the varied churches in which he preaches, and which he attends. He also lists the many folks to whom he is indebted, which is a sundry batch:

    http://www.internetmonk.com/michael-spencer-the-internet-monk

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, I didn’t know the guy at all — I really only read his blog when someone pointed to it — but this still comes as a surprise to me. God be with his friends and family.

    While many will miss his great insight, I can’t help but be glad that he is in Heaven with his God.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Wow, I didn’t know the guy at all — I really only read his blog when someone pointed to it — but this still comes as a surprise to me. God be with his friends and family.

    While many will miss his great insight, I can’t help but be glad that he is in Heaven with his God.

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