April 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.

The 3 Days — Easter Sunday 2019

Easter Sunday 2019 Praise and thanks remain your song of praise Hell and the devil are overcome their gates are destroyed Shout and cheer, you loosened tongues, so that you are heard in heaven Open up, you heavens,the splendid arches, the Lion of Judah comes drawn in victory! • J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) […]

The 3 Days — Holy Saturday 2019

Holy Saturday 2019 God’s Godness in the grave of godlessness There is a “faith” which has forgotten what it is to doubt; a way of hearing which no longer listens to the silence; a certainty that God is close which dares not look into eyes still haunted by divine remoteness; a hope for some glory […]

Maundy Thursday 2019

Maundy Thursday 2019 Meal When the time came for Jesus and the apostles to eat, he said to them, “I have very much wanted to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I tell you that I will not eat another Passover meal until it is finally eaten in God’s kingdom.” Jesus took […]

Wednesday in Holy Week 2019

Wednesday in Holy Week 2019 Portent When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’ …‘When you see […]

Tuesday in Holy Week 2019

Tuesday in Holy Week 2019 Parable A man once planted a vineyard and rented it out. Then he left the country for a long time. When it was time to harvest the crop, he sent a servant to ask the renters for his share of the grapes. But they beat up the servant and sent […]

Monday in Holy Week 2019

Monday in Holy Week 2019 Temple When Jesus came closer and could see Jerusalem, he cried and said: It is too bad that today your people don’t know what will bring them peace! Now it is hidden from them. Jerusalem, the time will come when your enemies will build walls around you to attack you. […]

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener

Palm Sunday with Frederick Buechener WHEN JESUS OF Nazareth rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and his followers cried out, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,” the Pharisees went to Jesus and told him to put an end to their blasphemies, and Jesus said to them, “I tell you, […]

It Has Been a Week…

It has been a week. Many of us in the Internet Monk family have had serious sadness and struggles of various kinds this week. I would urge you to pray for Daniel Jepsen, Mike Bell, Mike the Geologist, and David Cornwell in particular. For them, and for others who are close to many of us, […]

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday Preached on the Occasion of a Young Adult’s Suicide The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the […]

Another Look: A Breviary on Grief and Mourning

Note from CM: It is a week of mourning around here. This is another piece from last year, re-posted today to remind us of some of the basics about what loss does to us and where we go from here. • • • A Breviary on Grief and Mourning What we grieve, we must mourn. […]