What inspires you? I don't mean encourages, or edifies, I mean honest to goodness "God breathed," (2 Timothy 3:16) in-spirit moving of the Holy Spirit in you. Maybe it's a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song (Ephesians 5:19), maybe it's a favorite verse in the Bible, maybe it's a friend, a book, or a movie. Maybe it's the stories of those who came before, who blazed God fearing, Jesus-led trails.
Monday, April 5th, Michael Spencer, aka the Internet Monk, passed away after a long battle with cancer. A little more than a year ago, Father Richard John Neuhaus, author at the blog First Things passed away. I can honestly say that without the inspiration from these two men of God, I would not be blogging today. I was shocked to read that the imonk started blogging 10 years ago. These two saw the opportunities of the Internet to spread the Gospel and shaped the online Christian landscape. From Father Neuhaus, I was inspired as he tackled issues of interest to me. From Michael, he introduced a new way to reach the masses without preaching down to them using this new-fangled interweb thingy. I regret not following them as closely once I set out on my own blog.
The early Christian blogosphere, including Get Religion and Blogs4God soon grew to include the Thinklings and Boar's Head Tavern, Stuff Christians Like, Purgatorio, and JesusNeedsNewPR. Most recently, Peter Pollock's and Bridget Chumbley's Blog Carnival has been a network of diverse Christian blogs that all aspire to encourage applying the Word of God through the Internet. Yesterday's topic, Gentleness, drew 39 posts. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Christian blogs. I will never have time to find them all, but I am grateful for the inspiration the ones I do read bring to me.
Back to imonk for a moment. Another blogger commented a few years ago that America is due for another Great Awakening and that it would likely come through the power of the Internet. I couldn't agree more and I believe the legacy that Michael Spencer leaves behind started the ball rolling that direction. I pray his legacy continues throughout the Christian blogosphere and through the hearts and souls of readers everywhere. Michael was too young. He didn't live to see the next Great Awakening. But he lived to see it begun.