September 29, 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.

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 […]

What he said to them, and how she answered

By Chaplain Mike As the young couple stood before the minister, dressed in wedding finery, room filled with well-wishers, a life stretched out before them, this is what he said to them. “A reading from 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does […]

Tidying up before taking a break

By Chaplain Mike For about a week or so, I will be taking my leave of the iMonastery and venturing out to do a few other important things. The eminently capable, immaculately dressed, and incomparably qualified Very Right Reverend Jeff Dunn, along with the rest of the team, will be leading you into thoughtful contemplation […]

The New Liturgical Gangstas (2)

Today, we present our second installment in our renewal of IM’s popular feature, “The Liturgical Gangstas,” a panel discussion involving representatives from different liturgical traditions who will be answering questions regarding theology and church practice. Lord willing, the Gangstas will appear on the final week of each month to share with our IM audience. Who […]

I have to admit: I don’t get it

By Chaplain Mike This is all kind of off the top of my head, so take it for what it is — an impromptu rant. OK, this may seem like a weird thing to talk about, but I’m going to anyway. I’m sure most people don’t even think about it; the status quo is simply […]

Open Mic: What Are You Hearing about Hell?

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man raised some of the usual questions about the afterlife, the judgment, heaven and hell, and the eternal destinies of humans. Today, over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight is hosting some discussion the subject and I thought we might do the same. At this […]