Book discussion: Introduction to Mere Churchianity by Michael Spencer
For all of the authors of Christian books, magazine articles and blog articles I’ve read over the years, there aren’t a lot I would consider to have significantly influenced my life, who helped me in some way in my Christian life.
I subscribe to more than 400 blogs; very few of them would be favorites, ones whose voice and Jesus-shaped Christianity truly minister to me.
Internet Monk, begun by the late Michael Spencer several years ago, has been such a blog. And Spencer has been such a writer.
Spencer, a teacher at an eastern Kentucky boarding school who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, lived and breathed Jesus Christ.
His articles were covered in Jesus…and devoid of the religiosity and spiritually-correct Christianity that many evangelicals unknowingly embrace. As the saying goes, it did my soul good to read Spencer’s articles and commentaries.
Spencer is sorely missed by many, but his articles are still available at Internet Monk for all who are interested. We’ll look more at his life on Saturday.
Next Tuesday, I’ll post a review of a book he wanted desperately to finish and live long enough to see published. Mere Churchianity turned out to be his first, and (so far) only published book, and it is vintage Michael Spencer.
To whet your appetite, I’ve posted a link to a pdf of the introduction to the book that its publisher, WaterBrook Press, made available for free download to all.
The intro is Spencer’s belated response to a letter from a young lady who complained about something many Christians might find absolutely trivial – but was enough to drive her into atheism – and enough for Spencer to take seriously.
It sets up the discussion for his remainder of Spencer’s book, in which he asks how Christians can follow Jesus and be Jesus-influenced apart from the sometimes arrogant, smug religiosity of the Christian subculture.
Spencer also addresses those who, fed up with the Christian subculture and even church for any number of reasons, simply have walked away. That might resonate strongly with some of you.
I encourage you to read this introduction, then come back here to discuss it.
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