January 21, 2020

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.

Genesis and My Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike A couple of years ago, I agreed to help a small group that was losing their “pastor.” They weren’t really a “church,” but a small band of exiles from traditional churches that met in house groups and then gathered together on Sunday. When the church planter who had formed them moved away […]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part one

By Chaplain Mike And now for more “Creation Week” here at Internet Monk. Oh joy. This has been prompted by recent disputes in the blogosphere between some prominent Christian leaders, who hold to a Young Earth Creationism position, and the BioLogos Forum, a group of Christians from various disciplines that asserts the basic evolutionary model […]

John Walton: Approaching Genesis as an Ancient Text

In this video, John Walton, Professor of OT at Wheaton College (IL), discusses how we must approach Genesis as an ancient text. Readers must try their best to understand something of the thought-world of people in the Ancient Near East and to read, as much as possible, from their point of view. One good example […]

The Land of Blessing

By Chaplain Mike One of the interesting points of understanding that I came to accept when I studied under John Sailhamer is that there are two focus points in Genesis 1. First, God created everything (1.1). Second, within his creation God prepared a special land in the world where he put Adam and Eve (1.2-31). […]

Another Look: My View of Genesis 1

Another Look at a Post… By Chaplain Mike From March 27, 2010 My interest in the first chapters of Genesis began to blossom when I was in seminary, studying under Dr. John Sailhamer. Over the years, I have come back to it again and again. My understanding has grown and been refined each time I’ve […]

Sunday’s Gospel: On a Journey with Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 • Psalm 16 • Galatians 5:1, 13-25 • Luke 9:51-62 Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 (NRSV) When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. […]

iMonk Classic: Answers Not in Genesis

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From March 1, 2006 Nothing discourages me about the future of evangelicals like “young earth creationism,” Hamm style. Josh puts it well in this post at Here We Stand: “Every time I read someone saying it’s the Christian’s duty to refute biology and physics with the Bible, something inside me […]

Back to the Trenches!

By Chaplain Mike The troops have been mustered. And folks, it ain’t gonna be pretty. So, this week, in the “where angels fear to tread” category, we’re going to gear up and go back to the front lines of the Creation Wars. As you know, I have recommended the site BioLogos and have posted materials […]

IM Recommended Reading: Rachel Evans on BioLogos

By Chaplain Mike Friend of Internet Monk Rachel Held Evans has a great post on the BioLogos site that includes a video conversation. It’s called, “My Faith Shouldn’t Be Alive (But It Is, and Here’s Why).” Check it out here. We recently reviewed Rachel’s wonderful book, Evolving in Monkey Town, and continue to recommend it […]

Help Me with My Sermon!

By Chaplain Mike OK friends, I need your help. For the next three Sundays, I have the privilege of leading worship and proclaiming the Gospel in a sister congregation. One thing I have appreciated about the Lutheran tradition is the emphasis each Sunday on the Gospel passage and message. As you know, however, Jesus spoke […]