I-Monk, Michael Spencer died on Easter Monday. He was only 53 and well-loved and will be sorely missed, having been taken rather suddenly. I enjoyed reading and commenting on his blog. I have no idea how he did all the things he did. We did not agree with all of his theology, but he made many think about the right things and he questioned very bravely many wrong things. In a sense he was a bit of a giant, speaking truth and allowing people to meet and talk that usually would not.
He had a way of making it happen, though he sometimes shut down conversations and comments we thought we should have been able to make. I almost was moderated a couple of times. (Only almost.) But he was an honest, humble, transparent person who knew that his only hope was in Jesus Christ. Would that somebody could say that about me in the end. Thanks be to God who can bring us to this grace.
For all mourners, which are many, here is a bit of Brahm's requiem which was performed in Edmonton this Good Friday. Someone brought me the program, since I had to miss it. It would have been amazing to go. On Wikipedia, you can have all the words in German and English, all Bible passages from Luther's translation, as well as the music. Scroll down just a little. It does not seem the right music for the Kentuckian. But the words are good for us all. I will always remember the way he said "I". I sounded like "AAHH". When Jesus says: "Michael Spencer". He'll say: "AAHH'm here."