Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

My all-time favorite Christian blogger, Michael Spencer, who called himself the Internet Monk even though he was a Baptist, died last evening in Oneida, Kentucky. He had cancer. He was only 53. Michael was an incredible writer, essayist, teacher, and blogger. The masthead on his blog called his posts “dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness” and he helped so many of us find our way through it. He is survived by his wife, Denise, their son Clay and their daughter Noel.

But we sorrow not as others who have no hope.

Listen to these words of St. Paul in Second Corinthians, chapter 4:

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.

13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

RIP, Michael.


Putz said...

I HAVE FOUR NEIGHBORS>>>>>CANCER, ONE PAUL FORE PASSED AT AGE 54, RUSS AND KATHLEEN DEAN just finiisned their last kimo, and ken jackson had his whole family here on easter sunday{he is 67 like me and some others i know} he has it in his tomack, liver, nodes, and pancreas>>i hardley know how to feel about all this

Egghead said...

this is sad. I am so sorry for this life cut short. I had not seen his blog until today and I must tell you I had a hard time leaving it. The stations of the cross were so wonderful for me. I remember as a kid sitting in church as the stations of the cross were in progress (in Latin no less) and I could not wait to be done. So long and boring without really understanding the meaning so much. But this is such a refresher. RIP Michael.

Reamus said...


Thank you for the tribute. He seemed a man with a life that was well lived, with humor, good sense, and a christian ethic.

May he be with his God, and at peace.

Rosezilla said...

I am not familiar with his blog, but it sounds like maybe i should be. Thank you for these words of hope. We have had several deaths and close calls here lately.