March 21, 2019

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.

How the Bible Actually Works (3)

How the Bible Actually Works (3) Today we continue blogging through Pete Enns’s new book on the Bible. As I’ve said in our recent posts on The Bible and the Believer, one of my tasks this year will be to work on answering two questions that Pete raises regularly in his writings and podcasts: What […]

Goodbye Facebook

Goodbye Facebook I made a decision today that’s been a long time coming. I’m quitting Facebook. It was not an easy decision, hence my hesitation and delay over the past couple of years. But last week the balance tipped, the straw broke the camel’s back, and I arrived at the end of my rope when […]

lent 2 — foxes and hens

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, […]

Lent with John Prine: Hello in There

Lent with John Prine Hello in There We are listening to iconic American folksinger John Prine during Lent this year, choosing songs that highlight themes of the season. Of course, in Lent we think of change as well as our mortality — themes artists have always and will ever address. I can’t think of a […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: What’s Growing in the Shadow of Anger?

Wednesday with Michael Spencer What’s Growing in the Shadow of Anger? Sometimes someone else’s sins become the light of seeing our own. Several years ago I was working with a particularly difficult young church staff member. His pattern was to do everything his way, and when negative consequences arrived, to be completely defensive. Insight into […]

Wisdom and Hope

Before I run my next post on Pete Enns’s book, How the Bible Actually Works, I thought I would give some personal perspectives with regard to the questions: What is the Bible? What is the Bible for? Our last post raised a number of questions in the comments that lead me to do this. In […]

Richard Hershberger — Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball

Strike Four: The Evolution of Baseball By Richard Hershberger Thank you to Chaplain Mike for giving me space to flog my book–especially since its connection to the usual theme of this blog is, um…, tangential. (It turns out upon close examination that the 59 beads of a rosary is not the same number as the […]

lent 1 — beyond the wilderness

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ …Jesus, full of […]

A Lenten Meditation: As Miserable as the Day

A Lenten Meditation As Miserable as the Day Last Sunday, after church I went up to Indianapolis, driving through the snow, to officiate a funeral. All funerals and memorial services are sad, but this one especially so. We were laying to rest a 34 year-old man who had essentially drank himself to death. I’ll call […]

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery

Ash Wednesday with an Angel from Montgomery Make me an angel That flies from Montgomery Make me a poster Of an old rodeo Just give me one thing That I can hold on to To believe in this livin’ Is just a hard way to go Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I […]