December 12, 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.

Sunday’s Gospel: Unity—God’s Love in Action

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the seventh Sunday in Easter. Today’s Gospel is John 17:20-26 (NRSV). Gospel Text I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their […]

A Disputed “Justification” Text

By Chaplain Mike Since we’ve been talking about N.T. Wright lately, and examining some Scriptures together, I thought it might be timely to look at one text that became a point of controversy in the debate about justification between the more traditional Reformed view and the so-called New Perspective on Paul (NPP), at least as […]

Appearances of the Risen Christ, 12

By Chaplain Mike We are marking the Great Fifty Days of Easter with a series of devotional thoughts on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Today we look at the final narrative in Luke’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Luke 24:50-53 (NASB). Text And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He […]

The Beatitudes: Virtues or Proclamations?

By Chaplain Mike I am working through N.T. Wright’s exhilarating book on Christian growth and character, After You Believe. I hope to post a full review soon. First, I’d like to interact with one small aspect of something he presents. Wright’s chapter on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) communicates some wonderful insights about […]

Reflecting on 50 Years of Charismatic Faith

By Chaplain Mike I’d like to have us discuss an interesting article in Christianity Today by David Neff. It is called, “Ardor and Order,” and it’s a reflection upon the impact of the charismatic movement on the mainline and evangelical churches over the past fifty years. I encourage you to read it before submitting comments […]

Appearances of the Risen Christ, 11

By Chaplain Mike We are marking the Great Fifty Days of Easter with a series of devotional thoughts on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Today we look at the final narrative in Matthew’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Matthew 28:16-20 (NRSV). Text Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to […]

A “Sound” Argument

By Chaplain Mike Let’s move away from theological topics for a few minutes and talk about what’s really filling people’s ears and minds in these days when life is lived to a continual soundtrack. In Sunday’s New York Times, Joseph Plambeck examines how life has changed when it comes to what we expect from our […]

Appearances of the Risen Lord, 10

By Chaplain Mike We are marking the Great Fifty Days of Easter with a series of devotional thoughts on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Today we look at a unique narrative in Matthew’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Matthew 28:11-15 (MSG). Text Meanwhile, the guards had scattered, but a few of them went […]

Recommended: Dialogues with Tom Wright

By Chaplain Mike As we drove around Chicago last week, and then home to Indy on Sunday, we had the privilege of listening to some of the messages from the recent Wheaton Annual Theology Conference—“Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright.” If you would like a good overview of […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Upper Room Promises

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the sixth Sunday in Easter. Today’s Gospel is John 14:23-29 (GNT). Gospel Text Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I […]