April 19, 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.

And this is Lent…

And this is Lent… Thursday started off well. I visited a woman 101 years old. Despite her age and sleepiness at the time of my visit, she was able to flash a twinkling eye and a sweet smile as we conversed. It slid pretty much downhill from there. About an hour later I found myself […]

What the Bible Actually Teaches (5) — Open Mic Edition

What the Bible Actually Teaches (5) Open Mic Edition Let’s do something a little different today. One of the main points of Pete Enns’s book is about how the Bible depicts God.  in various ways according to the culturally-conditioned understandings of its ancient authors. We will discuss that more next week, with examples from the […]

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin

April Fools on Me: That Insidious Root Sin Even authentic outrage is influenced by implicit strategic calculations. • Jillian Jordan & David Rand • • • Two psychologists have written an article at the New York Times about Virtue Signaling, a phrase used to counter some of the expressions of moral outrage that are so […]

lent 4 — father, son, and brother

Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. • Luke 15:11 • father, son, and brother so the story goes and every time i hear it i think i know my role my father soft of heart and willing to let me go to pay my fare when i so full of […]

Lent with John Prine: Sam Stone

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How the Bible Actually Works (4)

How the Bible Actually Works (4) 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 […]

The Mueller Investigation

Note from CM: I know you’re not going to like this, but I will not be taking comments today. I’m not interested in opening up an echo chamber that agrees with me, nor do I wish to spend all day moderating the kinds of fights this type of post engenders. In case any of you […]

Another Look: Our Terrestrial Hope

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: Jesus Who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. • Malt­bie D. Bab­cock The world into which we shall […]

lent 3 — is time running out?

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all […]

Lent with John Prine: Paradise

Lent with John Prine Paradise Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man • The 1960s and 70s was a time […]