Mere Churchianity – Finding Our Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

kinnon —  February 1, 2010 — 5 Comments

I count it a privilege to call the Internet Monk, Michael Spencer, my friend. His writings have been extremely helpful to my family as we've navigated the waters of the church these past five years. [Update: That's these past five years in particular. We've been involved in the church for a whole heck of lot longer than that.]

His support of this humble corner of blogdom has also been greatly appreciated.

I know how excited Michael is about his new book, Mere Churchianity – Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality. I had been looking forward to chatting with Michael about this before Christmas – and then his health concerns turned into a rather severe cancer diagnosis – and Michael's time has been consumed with fighting that battle. (Please continue to pray for Michael and his family as he, his doctors and the prayers of the people continue to fight the cancer.)


Michael's book is now available for pre-Order on Amazon. I haven't read any of it yet, but I know from Michael's writing at Internet Monk and our email conversations that this is going to be both a very good and a very important book. I've pre-ordered my copy from the Canadian Amazon store. It would be a great encouragement to Michael if you ordered a copy now, as well. (Links in this post are to the US Amazon store.)

You can also support Michael via the PayPal Donate link @ Internet Monk. (If you click the linked "Donate link" in the previous sentence – you will go directly to PayPal.)

Michael's medical coverage and his work remuneration have both come to an end and his medical battle is very expensive. (Michael was a teacher at a private Christian school that was more a mission than a profitable venture. They do not have "gold-plated" medical coverage as I doubt they could afford it.)



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

5 responses to Mere Churchianity – Finding Our Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

  1. “…a rather severe cancer diagnosis”

    “…It would be a great encouragement to Michael if you ordered a copy now”

    I don’t read Facebook so I’m not following possible medical updates.
    Your statements are not hopeful, and since you are friends, I assume you are informed.

    Is Michael in stage 4?

  2. Bene,
    I only know as much as Michael and Denise have shared publicly as I’ve respected there need to focus on Michael’s treatment and not be bugged by people like me who want to chat with Michael & tell him how much he is missed.

    Michael is fighting a battle he hopes to win. I didn’t mean to communicate any more than that and I apologize if I sounded not hopeful. (I’ve edited the post somewhat as a response to your comment, BD.) I hope and pray that Michael has many more fruitful years with all of us.

  3. From Michael at his blog:

    My situation is serious. Sleep is a big issue. I need rest and it is hard to get. This cancer situation is not going to give my old life back. It may take the life I have. I choose whatever mission God has for me, the utmost need is a simple prayer on my behalf

  4. I fear I may be trivializing Michael’s situation with a slightly political comment but it is a shame that people who get that sick have to deal with financial issues as well.

    I’m sending a donation today.

  5. LT,
    I don’t disagree with you. Though I lean centre-right politically, I am a firm believer in the social welfare safety net that we enjoy in Canada. What’s shocking to realize is that Canadian health care costs for a system that basically works are in the 8-10% region of GDP. US healthcare costs approach 20% of GDP and still leave millions without coverage. (And the US should be ashamed of stats like their infant mortality rate.)


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