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.

N.T. Wright on the Significance of the Resurrection

Posted by Chaplain Mike. N.T. Wright speaks of the resurrection as the beginning of the new creation. History matters because human beings matter; human beings matter because creation matters; creation matters because the creator matters. And the creator, according to some of the most ancient Jewish beliefs, grieved so much over creation gone wrong, over […]

Music for Holy Week VIII—Easter Sunday

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “Hallelujah,” from Handel’s Messiah. Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Sir Colin Davis. He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Luther on the Significance of the Resurrection

Posted by Chaplain Mike. “It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.” (Romans 4:24-25) Luther comments on this text and what it says about Christ’s victory over sin and how […]

Stations of the Cross: The Fifteenth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION FIFTEEN The Resurrection Scripture Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is […]

Music for Holy Week VII—Holy Saturday

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “Pie Jesu,” from Requiem, by John Rutter. Performed by the Monteverdi Choir Würzburg, conductor Matthias Beckert. Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem Blessed Lord Jesus, grant them rest.

Hopeless Saturday

A series for Holy Week. Thanks to Lisa Dye and Jeff Dunn for this meditation. HOPELESS SATURDAY Scripture He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t […]

Stations of the Cross: The Fourteenth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION FOURTEEN Jesus is laid in the tomb Scripture There was a man by the name of Joseph, a member of the Jewish High Council, a man of good heart and good character. He had not gone along with the […]

Stations of the Cross: The Thirteenth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION THIRTEEN The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross. Scripture All who had came around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home. Those who knew […]

Music for Holy Week VI—Good Friday

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. (Translation below) “Es Ist Vollbracht!” (It Is Finished), from the St. John Passion, by J.S. Bach. Performed by Concentus Musicus Wien, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt Jesus Es ist vollbracht! It is accomplished! Alto Solo: Es ist vollbracht! It is accomplished ! O Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen! […]

Stations of the Cross: The Twelfth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION TWELVE Jesus dies on the cross Scripture By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of […]