August 20, 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.

Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation

As we think this week about the incarnate Christ, here is a thought-provoking excerpt from an article by Elissa Bjeletich: Contemplating the Incarnation: Pilgrimage and Sunday of Orthodoxy • • • This is where it happened. When I thought of the Incarnation, I have always thought about how God took on flesh. He could not […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: On Telling Jesus Stories

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann On Telling Jesus Stories The church must endlessly tell its Jesus stories, because in these Jesus stories, we behold the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. The imposition of holiness does not happen in large, grand, religious, magnificent ways. It happens where a son is welcomed home, where […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 3, 2019

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 3, 2019 • • • Three years away…on my “want” list now • • • Joshua Harris, post-Christian From CNN: A former pastor who wrote a bestselling book on traditional relationships has confirmed the end of his marriage, apologized for opposing LGBTQ rights and announced he is no longer […]

Romans 1-4: An Argument with the Weak (1)

Paul’s polemic in Romans 1-4 with the Judge/Weak arises only because the Weak believe the path to moral transformation for the Strong can be achieved only by adopting and observing the Torah. Romans 1-8 occur then in two blocks: the argument against Torah observance as the path to moral transformation, and an argument in favor […]

Bruggemann: Our life with God — characteristically open and unsettled

Ah, when I need something to really chew on, Walter Bruggemann is always a good go-to. I have testified here at IM to a journey of having learned something much different than what I was taught in my evangelical background. That is, that God and his people, particularly as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, share […]

Another Look: A spirituality “not pressed through the pores”

Another Look: A spirituality “not pressed through the pores” A saint is capable of loving created things and enjoying the use of them and dealing with them in a perfectly simple, natural manner, making no formal references to God, drawing no attention to his own piety, and acting without any artificial rigidity at all. His […]

Another Look: No Right Way Once and For All

What you must realize, what you must even come to praise, is the fact that there is no right way that is going to become apparent to you once and for all. The most blinding illumination that strikes and perhaps radically changes your life will be so attenuated and obscured by doubts and dailiness that […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 27, 2019 — Politics free edition

, The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 27, 2019 Today’s Brunch is a “politics free” zone. We had enough of that yesterday, as you can see in the action shot above, taken from yesterday’s comment section. So today, just relax, laugh, and tend your wounds. • • • No politics — well, except maybe for […]

Open Forum: July 2019

Open Forum: July 2019 I have had a busy week as our hospice organization is going through some changes, which involve extra training and transitions, so I haven’t had time to put together my Friday post on Romans. We’ll catch up next week. Today, we’ll let you choose what you want to discuss. As with […]

Fr. Freeman on the Two-Storey vs. the One-Storey Universe

Christians must live in a way and learn a manner of understanding that allows the reintegration of the world. • Fr. Stephen Freeman • • • Many of my earliest religious memories are connected with funerals. I came from a large extended family, all of whom lived in the same county. It was inevitable that […]