February 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 Family, Part Two

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. II. The Father A hundred years have passed, or so it seems, Since news was brought to me–oh father’s joy! A son, our first, the image of his kin. How strong he rose! How righteous, true! Serious child with scrupulous eye, Steadfast he stands, surveys the family stock. […]

The Family, Part One

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. I. The Younger Here I am, father, at the eleventh hour once more, Reaper’s scythe poised to harvest fruit of seeds I’ve sown. Shamefaced, knowing full well the paucity of yield, I slump low with downcast eyes, near resigned to table bare. And perhaps this is that Hand– […]

The Day of Salvation?

By Chaplain Mike. I remember the day I changed my thinking about when I was “saved.” I had grown up in a mainline Protestant denomination, was baptized and confirmed, attended worship and Sunday School, and dabbled with youth group. However, in my teen years, I was not deeply involved. Then the big change came. At […]

iMonk Classic: Our Problem with Grace

This weekend, as we mourn Michael Spencer’s passing, thank God for the hope of eternal life, and comfort one another in our time of loss, IM will feature classic posts from the Internet Monk. Our Problem with Grace Sweat. Hand-wringing. “Yes, but…” Q. 1. What is your only comfort, in life and in death? A. […]

For All the Saints

For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy Name, O Jesus, be forever blessed. Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia, Alleluia! […]

Tributes to the Internet Monk

Noted by Chaplain Mike. MOD Note: Many readers are contributing links to other tributes in the comments. Thank you! I encourage you to peruse the comments as well as this list. Here is a partial list of remembrances and tributes to Michael Spencer that are appearing around the web: Will Adair Matthew Lee Anderson (First […]

Now in Another Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike. I had been wandering in the post-evangelical wilderness for a long time. But I never knew what to call it until I began reading Michael Spencer. And I never knew a genuinely safe place to talk about it until I entered the discussions on Internet Monk. Then I knew I had found […]

In Memoriam

Dennis Michael Spencer of Oneida, Kentucky died at home on April 5, 2010 after a four-month struggle with cancer. He was 53. Spencer was born September 16, 1956 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Spencer served as youth minister and pastor […]

From the Moderator

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Michael Spencer, 1956-2010

I received word tonight that Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, our friend, passed away in his home in Oneida, KY, in the presence of his family. With them, we mourn his passing. With them, our tears fall. With them, we express gratitude that Michael is at peace and no longer suffering. With them, we cry […]