December 2, 2020

Ask Chaplain Mike

By Chaplain Mike

I will devote some time next week to answering your questions. Usually, I set the agenda for what we discuss because, well, because that’s my job. However, I would like to give you a turn at asking some questions, and I will do my best to answer them.

Here’s the procedure:

  • Email your questions to me by clicking on the “Write Chaplain Mike” link on the upper right hand of the front page.
  • In the subject line of your email, enter: “Ask Chaplain Mike.”
  • Submit your question. I won’t answer any questions that require me to reveal information about the personal lives of my family members or friends, but beyond that, pretty much anything is fair game. Make the question simple enough that I can answer in a response of reasonable length.
  • I probably won’t get to every question next week, but I will keep all questions that are submitted and answer them in future posts. I hope to make this a regular feature on the site.

I don’t consider myself an expert on many subjects, so I am not doing this to be an “Answer Man” or anything like that. It’s just a chance for us to have a conversation in a different way, with you bringing up the topic.


  1. Dear Mike,

    Counting this year, how many years has it been since your Cubs won the World Series?



  2. Will the Rangers make it back to the World Series this year without Cliff Lee? Also how many atoms in a molecule and how many pluons in an atom? Is my future bright and will the stars align for my next big venture?
    Ok, sorry.

  3. Dear Chaplain Mike,

    Coke or Pepsi?


    Puzzled and Thirsty

    • Diet Coke. Forever and ever, Amen.

      • …and amen

      • Sorry, given the seriousness of our disagreement on this issue I , in good conscience, cannot continue reading this blog.

        Have you prayed about it? No I mean really, really prayed.

        Certainly you have not read scripture as God intended it to be read (first, middle and last answer on all questions for all time). I am sure I read about the Coke/Pepsi controversy in Genesis, or was it Leviticus?

        I wil pray for you.

        • 1905 Coca Cola advertising slogan: “Coca-Cola Revives and Sustains”

          1939-1950 Pepsi advertising slogan: “Twice as Much for a Nickel”

          ’nuff said

        • While Scripture may not have ruled on Coke versus Pepsi, it would appear clear on diet versus regular versions (emphasis mine):

          “Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

          —Nehemiah 8:10

      • Would you like fries with that?

      • But Pepsi is is “MTC” (More than Coke)

  4. In your experience with hospice care, what is your approach to grief of those surviving the loss of a loved one? Do you think Christians tend to sugar-coat, suppress, neglect, or even ridicule the grieving process? After all, the loved one is in heaven/a better place; why should anyone sad? Do Christians and even pastors under-estimate how long the grieving process takes?

  5. I wanna know how I can have a pretty picture of myself in dat dere box thingie when I do leave a comment here, rare as dat be.

    • Ninure, I know there is a site to create an “avatar” which you then use for your photo here, but I can’t remember where it is. I hope someone else will respond. In the meantime, while I was looking around here for the answer, I noticed that if you go to the menu on the top of this page and click on About IM and then FAQ, you can read some info about Chaplain Mike. You can also click on “Chaplain Mike” under the About IM tab and read about him there too.

      Good luck with answering all the questions you get, Mike. I sent mine!

    • Go to and they will set you up with an avatar that is linked to an email address. When ever you use that email address to comment on a blog your avatar will appear.

  6. blue sky says

    Dear Mike –

    What are you thoughts on the typical evangelical testimony time? I take a class at my church and we’ve had about 4 over the course of the year. It’s strange because each time, someone I know casually gets up in front of us and for forty-five minutes shares intimate details of her life. These testimonies typically involve abuse and neglect. After this, the woman sits down and I continue to talk casually with her but suddenly I know about her on a totally different level then she does me and most others in the room. I sometimes wonder if she thinks this is strange, too. This got me to thinking, in my entire life as a Christian, has testimony time had a profoundly positive impact on me? Or, do I watch it like a car crash and feel kind of strange afterwords? What is the biblical basis for this? It’s really quite different from a spontaneous account of one’s Christianity to a stranger, I think. What do you think?

    Anonymous, please