December 10, 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.

Glenn Beck, Church Historian?

By Chaplain Mike Over at Art Boulet’s blog, he quotes the following historical recap about the Dead Sea Scrolls from Glenn Beck’s radio show: When Constantine decided that he was going to cobble together an army, he did the Council of Nicaea, right, pat? Council of Nicaea, and what they did is brought all of […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (3) Mission

By Chaplain Mike Note: When I originally ran this series on another blog, I introduced the “Mission” issue by telling the story “Who Is My Neighbor?” which was posted on IM January 20, 2010. You can read that post here. ROSES AND LILIES CHRISTIANITY This year, we held a series of Lenten services at our […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism: (2) Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Part three of a four-part series. Chaplain Mike the Pastor I have been in pastoral ministry since 1978, when I graduated from Bible college. I served as an assistant pastor in my home church (Southern Baptist) the summer after I graduated from Bible college. For five years, I was the pastor of […]

OK, So Traditional Church can Be Boring…

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My Issues with Evangelicalism: (1) Worship

By Chaplain Mike Part two of a four-part series. The most important issue to us in our journey from evangelicalism has been that of corporate worship. For thirty years now, this theme has always been at or near the center of our thinking and practice in ministry. In the last post, I summarized my critique […]

My Issues with Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: You can read an earlier statement on this subject, called, “My Post-Evangelical Wilderness,” here. IM has been long known for its pointed critiques of evangelicalism. In less than a month, Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity, will be released, and I guarantee it will make a huge splash in this ongoing conversation. […]

What I Like about Lutheran Baptism

By Chaplain Mike Michael Spencer was a Southern Baptist. A reader recently wrote and asked what I, as a Lutheran, believe about baptism. I thought you might like to have a chance to hear how I responded. Before I talk about baptism, let me first say that I am a “Lutheran in progress.” Denominationally, I […]

IM Book Review: The Divine Commodity

By Chaplain Mike Darn that Skye Jethani! He has written the book I wanted to write: an insightful, stern, yet gracious critique of evangelical culture, illustrated by the works and stories of Vincent van Gogh, and linked with the wisdom of spiritual practices. And he did it well. It’s called The Divine Commodity: Discovering a […]

Open Mic: The Fading Glow of External Experience

By Chaplain Mike While I’m reading Skye Jethani’s superb book, The Divine Commodity, and preparing to review it, I thought I’d post this Open Mic question that grows out of a post on his blog, “What Should Worship Look Like? And why that question completely misses the point.” Jethani is responding to some who have […]

Sunday’s Gospel: You Have Received a Spirit of Adoption

By Chaplain Mike On this great feast day of the Church, Pentecost Sunday, we bring to your attention one of the great passages in the Bible on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the church. No comments from me today. No sermon. Just God’s words. May the Spirit […]