January 17, 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.

Winter Spirituality III

Winter Spirituality III Thoughtful for Winter’s future sorrow, Its gloom and scarcity; Prescient to-day, of want to-morrow, Toiled quiet Memory. ‘Tis she that from each transient pleasure Extracts a lasting good; ‘Tis she that finds, in summer, treasure To serve for winter’s food. And when Youth’s summer day is vanished, And Age brings Winter’s stress, […]

Winter Spirituality II

Winter Spirituality II • • • The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy (1900) I leant upon a coppice gate, When Frost was spectre-gray, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires. […]

Winter Spirituality I

Winter Spirituality I I have learned things in the dark that I could never have learned in the light, things that have saved my life over and over again, so that there is really only one logical conclusion. I need darkness as much as I need light. • Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in […]

Snow Day (Picture Gallery)

Snow Day January 2019 This has been a snowy weekend in Indiana, providing a nice pause in the rat race. Church services were cancelled this morning because the county roads are a bit treacherous. I’ve had the chance to get out and take a few pictures and thought I’d put them up for you today, […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 12, 2019 — SHUTDOWN!

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 12, 2019 SHUTDOWN! In solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of government workers who have been furloughed or who are working without pay, as well as the vast number of contractors, businesses, and local entities whose livelihoods depend upon the normal functioning of the Federal government, the IM Saturday […]

Pete Enns: The Bible Demands that We Be Unbiblical

The Bible Demands that We Be Unbiblical by Pete Enns Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . A crucial question to ask ourselves is: what have we the right to expect from the biblical origins texts? I call it “genre calibration” in The Evolution of Adam. “Outside” information can “calibrate” the expectations we […]

Why I Am Not a Young Earth Creationist

WHY I AM NOT A YOUNG EARTH CREATIONIST 1. The Bible Does Not Teach It Genesis 1 (as well as other “creation” texts in the Bible) is not a historical report designed to explain how God created the universe in a scientific sense. Genesis 1 is a creative theological meditation on how God, the King […]

Nice Try

The young earth creationists believe that Genesis 1 is “literally” a description of creation. I do not. It is this simple disagreement that is the cornerstone of my objection. I believe that Genesis 1 is a pre-scientific description of Creation intended to accent how Yahweh’s relationship with the world stands in stark contrast to the […]

Epiphany: Worship Is Sunday Dinner

Sermon: Worship Is Sunday Dinner (Epiphany) To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. • Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin • • • I became convinced long ago that one of the most important things I could do for a congregation was to teach […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: January 5, 2019 Welcome to our first Brunch of the new year! • • • The religious makeup of the new Congress Like the rest of U.S. society…the new Congress is a bit more diverse, with Christians making up 88 percent of the membership, down from 91 percent. Among the […]