I was very sad today to hear that Michael Spencer’s cancer is terminal. When I iron I usually (used to) listen to his podcast to keep me company and he ‘s one of those guys that I felt I knew even though I’ve never met him and he doesn’t know that I exist. I disagree with him on a lot of things, but I so admire his love for Jesus, his love for the Church and the way he wrote himself into the broader world, using his talents to say what was on his mind and get recognized and admired for it. Thank you God for giving him to the Church. I will still pray for his healing, but if he indeed is called to Jerusalem above, I will thank God for his brief time on this earth. And how scary it is to read this post of his on “the day before” just a month before his cancer struck.  He said:

Live each day as the day that all of the Gospel is true. Live this day and be glad in it. Live this day as the day of laying down sin and taking up the glad and good forgiveness of Jesus. Live this day determined to be useful and joyful in Jesus. Live this day in a way that, should all things change tomorrow, you will know that the Lord is your God and this is the day to be satisfied in him.


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  1. Amen, Joel. I felt much the same way upon hearing this news. I used to listen to his podcasts every time they would drop on his blog, and received a real blessing from those because they were so homespun in comparison to later corporate-style podcasting. Even though Michael came from a very different tradition than mine, I consider him a reliable commentator on the American evangelical soul even if I disagree with him on a variety of issues.

    Tonight I’m praying for Michael and Denise and their kids, and also David “Jollyblogger” Wayne.

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