July 13, 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.

A Long Pause from Impermanence

By Chaplain Mike I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several […]

Defining Terms: Evangelical and Post-Evangelical

“Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness” is the byline of this website. In recent days I have received a number of questions from readers, emailers, and Facebook friends asking me to define “post-evangelical” for them. Here’s a review of how I, Chaplain Mike, use this designation. Michael Spencer called himself “post-evangelical,” and to clarify that he […]

IM Recommended Reading: Who Speaks for Evangelicals?

By Chaplain Mike An interesting piece over at Out of Ur blog by John Ortberg asks the question, “Who speaks for evangelicals today?” This question reflects the diversity in the movement that exists under evangelicalism’s umbrella today. It wasn’t long ago, Ortberg says, that evangelicals had a sense of “relational interconnectedness” and that it was […]

Site Update: Blogroll, Links, & Facebook

By Chaplain Mike In our ongoing effort to keep Internet Monk up to date, tonight I added several new links to the Blogroll and Links side bars on the bottom right portion of the page. I hope you’ll find some sites that will encourage and help you. But. . . please keep coming back to […]

IM Book Review: A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church

By Chaplain Mike Warren Cole Smith’s book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church has a title with which I resonate. If you’ve been reading Internet Monk for any length of time, you’ll know that we describe ourselves in two ways: We are evangelicals. That is, we have been captured by the grace of God […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Teaching One Another)

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations for us all. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Today’s Gospel How many times have we had this desire in […]

iMonk Classic: The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated THE CHURCH OF WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ NOW Why American Evangelicals Desperately Need The World Christian Movement Back in the day, I used to take small town teenagers to Boston and Chicago on mission trips to work with inner city churches. One thing I could be sure of: the experience […]

Open Mic: Short-Term Mission Trips

By Chaplain Mike According to Warren Cole Smith in his book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (full review to come later this weekend), short-term mission trips may be more of a problem than a productive way of doing the work of Christ’s Kingdom. He cites Robert Priest, professor of mission and intercultural studies […]

Writers’ Roundtable: To Kill a Mockingbird

Led by Chaplain Mike Welcome to our second Writers’ Roundtable. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of our greatest American novels. I thought it would be fun and enlightening to have our writers read TKAM again, and have a discussion about it. I, Chaplain […]

Cleaning Closets

By Chaplain Mike I came home from a weekend away intent on cleaning out closets. This urge occasionally strikes, and when it does, I’ve learned to lie down until it goes away. Ridding home and life of clutter sometimes seems overwhelming, especially now, living in a house and at a time of life when most […]