December 18, 2018

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.

Another Look: The Advent Question

Note from CM: Over at Christianity Today you’ll find an article by Courtney Ellis entitled, “The Case for an Early Christmas.” In it she tries to strike a balance between marking Advent and including some celebration of Christmas ahead of Christmastide itself. I recommend you take a look at it. It brought to mind this […]

Sermon Advent I: We Wait for Shalom

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Site Update: It’s been a battle, and we sustained a few losses

Note from CM: I’ve completed the process of migrating our site to a new hosting platform. I learned I’m a complete philistine when it comes to the behind-the-scenes workings of our site. I also learned that instructions could be clearer for the process, especially for imbeciles like me. We lost several days of comments in […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: December 1, 2018

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Excerpt from “Show Me the Path”

From Show Me Your Path: Cultivating a Life of Discernment By Michael Mercer (Chaplain Mike) • • • As we try to mark the path of wisdom and discernment, it is important to recognize that these qualities are not ends in themselves but means to a greater end. We seek to be wise and discerning […]

Sermon: Christ the King Sunday 2018

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Thanksgiving Homily 2018

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I’m Thankful for Travelin’ Shoes

Note from CM: It is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and I’d like to take each day leading up to the holiday to share a few of the blessings I’m thankful for. I’ve decided this year to focus on some people and things that have had an impact on me personally, so you may find […]

I’m Thankful for the Radio

Note from CM: It is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and I’d like to take each day leading up to the holiday to share a few of the blessings I’m thankful for. I’ve decided this year to focus on some people and things that have had an impact on me personally, so you may find […]

I’m Thankful for Francis Schaeffer

Note from CM: It is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and I’d like to take each day leading up to the holiday to share a few of the blessings I’m thankful for. I’ve decided this year to focus on some people and things that have had an impact on me personally, so you may find […]