February 22, 2020

About Chaplain Mike

Chaplain Mike works with a hospice organization in central Indiana. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1978, serving in churches in Maryland, Vermont, Illinois, and Indiana before moving into chaplaincy work. He is married to a wonderful gifted wife, Gail, and they have four children and three grandchildren. He thinks baseball is the greatest game ever invented, suffers annually as a Chicago Cubs fan, and is looking forward to putting on a cap again this spring to coach his grandson's Little League team. He loves a wide variety of music, spends way too much money on books, is happy to live in a place where there are four seasons, and is a "true believer" in Apple computers, having used them since 1988. Luther is his favorite theologian, Bach his favorite composer, James Taylor his favorite singer-songwriter, Chicago his favorite city, and hiking his favorite form of exercise. He would love to do more with photography and dreams of having a place in the mountains of Arizona some day. His heart has been captured by the grace of God in Jesus Christ and considers himself a post-evangelical disciple seeking a Jesus-shaped life and hoping to help the church do the same. He is forever grateful to his friend, Michael Spencer, for giving him an opportunity to write for Internet Monk.

Johnny the Outlaw

Johnny the Outlaw When most people think of hospice, they imagine elderly people living out their last days. But we’ve had a run of young people dying of alcohol and drug abuse recently. It’s a real wake-up call when you sit at the bedside of a man or woman the same age as one of […]

Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ The Lord be with you Bob Dylan once wrote: “Democracy don’t rule the world, you better get that in your head. This world is ruled by violence but I guess that’s better left unsaid…” One of the metaphors that the Bible uses about life in this age […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: February 15, 2020 Happy Valentine’s Day, a day late. • Valentine’s Day wasn’t always about love The earliest possible origin story of Valentine’s Day is the pagan holiday Lupercalia. Occurring for centuries in the middle of February, the holiday celebrates fertility. Men would strip naked and sacrifice a goat and […]

Another Look: Give Us This Day…

I know what it means to live week to week, paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know what it means to live day to day, without guarantee of a paycheck. I don’t know what it means to be completely dependent on grace and mercy. I may indeed be completely dependent, but I seldom realize it. I […]

Another Look: The Arithmetic of Grace

The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty […]

An open invitation to evangelical supporters of President Trump…

Today, I extend an open invitation to all conservative evangelical Christians out there who support our current president. From your perspective as an evangelical, talk to us about President Trump’s behavior and words at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. In order to help you feel like this is a safe and open place for […]

Sermon: Epiphany V — Three ways of walking in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany V — What is involved in walking in Christ? The Lord be with you. Health experts tell us there are many benefits to walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. It is safer than other forms of […]

another look: midwinter

midwinter in long and deep midwinter dreams of spring arise of fulsome brooks and fragile buds of warmer winds and skies that, moaning, pour the anguished tears of childbirth on the land and ‘midst the muddy, messy muck transform the slender strands weaving a carpet ‘neath the trees which don their own green gowns and fill […]

each time love comes

oak shade, midday three men appear at our tent something striking i wonder about their intent rising, moving i run to greet them and bow please don’t pass by stay and refresh yourselves now serve them, watch them what is it in them i see? all so curious something portentous for me? shocking words come […]

all is good and blest (a creation primer)

one, two, three, four, five, six — rest earth and sky simple as pie all is good and blest day, night waters, sky land, sea — space chaos tamed formed and framed for everything a place sun, moon fish, birds, animals, people — there: a temple shaped and formed and filled with priests to give […]