I was saddened to hear of the death of Michael Spencer, aka the Internet Monk. I met and befriended Michael at last year’s Cornerstone Festival. We got to chat in between sessions as well as doing a joint session on the future of evangelicalism. He gave a really positive review of my book as well as asking me to do a blog post on his blog on the Rickshaw Rally incident a few years back (Which I never got to). Many of Michael’s readers are Southern Baptists as was Michael himself. (He was not actually a monk). His article on the Coming Evangelical Collapse was a landmark article (blog post series) that challenged many. His blog was an important blog that raised critical issues of faith, spirituality, and ecclessiology for evangelical Christianity. I had heard that he was diagnosed with cancer, but didn’t realized that the cancer was so advanced. His death today comes as quite a shock. My prayers for his family.
Below is an interview I did with Michael at Cornerstone last year:
Also, look for Michael’s book: Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality.