August 10, 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.

The Life God Is In

  By Chaplain Mike “…he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17.27, NLT) As I have talked with friends throughout this year, I’ve noted that we’ve been using a phrase regularly: “This is the life God is in.” OK, it could be better grammatically, but it’s punchy and makes a clear point. […]

Ecclesiastical Dreamin’

By Chaplain Mike Stopped into a church I passed along the way. Well, I got down on my knees And I pretend to pray. You know the preacher likes the cold. He knows I’m gonna stay California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day. It’s not winter yet, but earlier today I wrote about how the […]

Drought

By Chaplain Mike We haven’t had a good day of rain where I live for over two months. Our lawns are past turning brown. Now they are brittle, straw-like. Weeds provide the only green at ground level. They proliferate. Hardy, demonically so, they thrive where all that is desirable dies from thirst. Farmers are cleaning […]

Luther’s First Hymn

By Chaplain Mike Today in worship we sang one of Martin Luther’s hymns, and I was impressed. So faithful to the Gospel, as one would expect. So warm in devotion, it might have come from the pen of Charles Wesley. Samuel Taylor Coleridge once wrote of Luther and his hymns: Luther did as much for […]

From “Kyrie” to “Eucharist”

By Chaplain Mike Sunday’s Gospel • Luke 17:11-19 Early in the traditional worship service of the church, the congregation says, chants, or sings the Kyrie: “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.” The climax of the service occurs when God’s people celebrate the Eucharist, partaking of the body and blood of Christ. At […]

iMonk Classic: Niki Made Her Choice and, Apparently, So Did We

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 4, 2009 A year ago, this Michael Spencer piece really got people talking. FIRST: Read “Evangelicals and Science” at Tim Stafford’s blog. SECOND: Niki is fictionalized, but not much. I am hoping this post will make one point: the Gospel combined with anything- a view of […]

Evangelicalism’s “New Day”?

By Chaplain Mike Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight muses on the meaning of Al Mohler getting a cover story in Christianity Today. For Scot, this marks a significant shift in evangelicalism. It shows that some of the most prominent and powerful leaders in what is called evangelicalism today are trying to bend it back […]

Rethinking the Text: Genesis 6

By Chaplain Mike Today I am following up on Jeff’s “Difficult Scriptures” post from last week on the first part of Genesis 6. Though this text has a long history of interpretation with much imaginative speculation, I have come to the conclusion that the passage is relatively straightforward, and has been misunderstood primarily because of […]

The New Battle for the Bible, part 1

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Coming of age in a fundamentalist church in the 70’s left one feeling a little like a Titanic passenger who’s made it onto the life boat: Yes, it’s kind of cold and cramped in here, and no, we don’t know here we’re going, but at least it’s not down.  Not […]

Al Mohler Is Right. Now What?

By Chaplain Mike Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, icon of the conservative and Calvinistic resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, and public voice of the Christian right in America’s culture war, is not someone with whom I normally identify. However, this time I think he got it exactly right. In […]