Tuesday, April 6, 2010

RIP Michael Spencer (1956 - 2010)

I am saddened to learn this morning that Michael Spencer, aka "the Internet Monk," has passed away after a hard battle with cancer. Michael went to be with Jesus in the presence of his family at home in Oneida, Kentucky on Monday, April 5, 2010. See the announcement at internetmonk.com.

Michael was one of the early pioneers of Christian blogging.  The Internet Monk web site has been on my blog roll for several years. I did not always agree with him, but was always challenged by his words. His insight, discernment, clear writing and sometimes brutal honesty will all be greatly missed. I am so sorry that Michael did not live long enough to see the publication of his first book, Mere Churchianity, due out later this year. I will certainly be purchasing and reading it.

Rest in Peace, Brother. You've done good.

Comments and remembrances about the IMonk in the Christian blog-o-sphere:

Michael Patton at Parchment & Pen (Hat Tip for picture above)
Trevin Wax at Kingdom People
Bob Spencer at Wilderness Fandango
Jared Wilson at Gospel Driven Church
Steve McCoy at Reformissionary
Tony Cummer at Said at Southern Seminary
John H. at Confessing Evangelical
Darryl Dash at Dash House
Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds
Timmy Brister at Provocations and Pantings
Jason Coker at Pastoralia

It is easy to see how much the IMonk was loved, was appreciated and will be missed.