January 20, 2021

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.

Visit the Internet Monk Archives

20 Years of Internet Monk For twenty years, Michael Spencer, Chaplain Mike and a number of other writers described and discussed the post-evangelical life, seeking a Jesus-shaped spirituality, and inviting all and sundry to have important conversations in the Great Hall. The conversation at this site has come to an end, but you can still […]

The Road Goes Ever On…

Note from CM: This will be the last discussion post on Internet Monk. I will post one more administrative post tomorrow, with information and links about the new archive site and other sites of interest that I will encourage Internet Monk readers to check out. I will also have information about an email list so […]

Chaplain Mike: My Manifesto — The Good News of Jesus for the Life of the World

Note from CM: This is my final full post on Internet Monk. I decided to devote it to what really matters. I’ve been happy to share my journey with you and to learn about the paths on which God has led so many of you. But in the end, it’s not just about my journey […]

Open Mic

Saturday the Last — Open Mic This is our final Saturday post on Internet Monk, and I thought we should give this one to the community of commenters that has made IM so rich over the years. So, the mic is open. Let us hear what Internet Monk has meant to you over the years. […]

Christmas Eve 2020: My Winter Faith

My Winter Faith See, amid the winter’s snow, born for us on earth below, see the tender Lamb appears, promised from eternal years. Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies; He, who throned in height sublime, sits amid the cherubim! Sacred Infant, all divine, what a tender love was Thine; thus […]

The God at work behind closed doors

• My Internet Monk career began with an interview about something that Michael Spencer was struggling with — how Christians deal with death and dying. I wrote the following as an introduction when I edited and re-posted the original article in 2011. On November 17, 2009, I wrote my first post for Internet Monk. Actually, […]

Advent IV: Making a Cradle for Jesus

Michael Spencer’s Prophetic Words on Full Display

Michael Spencer’s Prophetic Words Personified Read “What I Saw at the Jericho March,” by Rod Dreher • Note from CM: During these last few weeks here at Internet Monk, I will be writing posts that focus on a few of the primary themes we’ve focused on over the years, giving my latest thoughts and perspectives […]

Advent III: Prepare the Way for the Lord

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 12, 2020

• • • The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 12, 2020 Welcome. We’re smack in the middle of the holiday season (sorry for you Advent lovers, I’m also a realist), so we’ll have plenty of cheer and tinsel today as we enjoy our Saturday Brunch together. Thanks for joining us. Pass me a cinnamon roll, […]