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.

Christians Need More Enemies

A word from Chaplain Mike: This is the first of what I hope will be many posts by good friend Damaris Zehner. Thanks, Damaris! We Christians ought to have more enemies. This post is not about fat and happy Christians needing more suffering to test their faith. It’s not about standing up for what we […]

Take Me Out

By Chaplain Mike When Michael Spencer discovered he had cancer, I made a deal with him. We set a goal  to try and go to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game together this spring. Sadly, the weekend I had set aside to go ended up being the weekend of his funeral. Michael died on April 5, […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 6

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 second narrative in Luke’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Luke 24:13-35 (Phillips). Text 24:13-17 – Then on the same day we find two of […]

IM on Steve Brown, Etc.

Jeff Dunn and Chaplain Mike are looking forward to sharing remembrances and appreciations of Michael Spencer on Steve Brown’s radio show this Friday. Here is the announcement from the Steve Brown, Etc. site: Friday, April 30 : Chaplain Mike & Jeff Dunn – – The life, work and legacy of Michael Spencer. Steve Brown […]

This Is Not Where I Live

By Chaplain Mike I am thoroughly enjoying writing on Internet Monk. This new venture has involved a huge change in my daily work and schedule, but I am thrilled to be pursuing this new avocation. Carrying on the legacy of Michael Spencer, who had such a unique voice and perspective to share, is a joy […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 5

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 John’s story of that first Easter morning, from John 20:1-10 (MSG). Text Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still […]

IM Book Review: Your Church Is Too Small (3)

By Chaplain Mike The fact is that the differences between churches do matter. The question is not, “How can we overlook these differences?” but “How can we achieve a church which includes the many facets of the truth?” True catholicity is not obtained by overlooking differences but by accepting them and understanding them as a […]

IM Recommended Reading: To Russia with Love

By Chaplain Mike MOD Note: Some knucklehead forgot to put the URL in for Dan’s blog. Here is the link: To Russia with Love. Thanks, Joanie. One of my good friends, Pastor Daniel Jepsen (aka “The Dan”), is currently blogging about his mission trip to Tyumen, Siberia. The Dan and another local pastor (aka “The […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Endless Attention, Meticulous Care

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the fourth Sunday in Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday. Today’s Gospel is John 10:22-30. Gospel Text At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking […]

IM Recommended Reading: Michael Horton on When “Reformed” Is Not “Reformed”

By Chaplain Mike Over at the White Horse Inn blog, always thoughtful Michael Horton has posted a great essay commenting on the fissures and fault lines that are becoming apparent among the “young, restless, and reformed.” In his typical style, Horton goes beyond mere reporting to examine some fundamental issues revealed by disputes like the […]