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.

Follow on Twitter

By Chaplain Mike FYI: We’ve updated the Twitter link at the bottom of the page. You can now follow Chaplain Mike on Twitter. Tweets will be sent at least daily, with a focus on what’s happening in my world throughout the day. My moniker there is “chaplainimonk”. See you on Twitter!

“Pray, Give, and Go” Believers

By Chaplain Mike I was in Chicago over the weekend, and attended Wheaton Bible Church with my wife’s sister on Sunday. It has been our habit to worship at WBC when we visit the area. WBC is an established evangelical church in what used to be the “Mecca” of evangelical Christianity: Wheaton, Illinois, near Wheaton […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Jesus, Martha, and Mary (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 so that our readers can be edified. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Today’s Gospel This Sunday’s Gospel text shows […]

Jesus Creed Reviews “Mere Churchianity”

By Chaplain Mike There is a fine review of Michael Spencer’s book, Mere Churchianity, over at Jesus Creed today. It is part of the blog’s regular “Saturday Afternoon Book Review” series. This review was written by Matt Edwards, who has contributed to IM as one of the “Evangelical Untouchables”. In his review, Edwards gives a […]

“What About Bob?” and Christian Ministry

By Guest Blogger Daniel Jepsen Note from Chaplain Mike: Dan has been a good friend for nearly 25 years, and a great partner in ministry. He is pastor of Franklin Community Church in Franklin, IN. He will be one of our new Liturgical Gangstas, who should reappear here at IM in August. Welcome, Daniel! Is […]

Boot Camp Blather

By Chaplain Mike OK, I’ve had it. I feel a rant coming on. I’ve been commenting at a couple of sites that are known for their strong opinions (to say the least). These sites have grown louder and more shrill in recent days, shouting alarmist warnings about the faith/science debate, particularly with regard to sites […]

Seven, and It’s Summer

By Chaplain Mike In the wake of last night’s baseball All-Star game, this simple reminiscence. It was one of those perfect summer mornings. I was seven years old, a child in the great Midwest, looking forward to another fine day of riding my bike, playing ball, climbing the old weeping willow in our back yard, […]

IM Film Review: Into Great Silence

It is a pity that the world has lost all sense of God. • Carthusian Monk, “Into Great Silence” Into Great Silence is not a film one watches, it is an experience into which one enters. It is an immersion in the contemplative life. It is seasons passing, the sound of snow falling, the buzzing of flies. […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Sometimes the Samaritans Shame Us

By Chaplain Mike Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • Deuteronomy 30:9-14 • Psalm 25:1-10 • Colossians 1:1-14 • Luke 10:25-37 Today’s Gospel We can get tripped up by the most familiar passages of Scripture. We just assume their meaning because they are more a part of atmosphere we breathe than texts we have carefully […]

A Ray of Hope in South Florida

By Chaplain Mike No, this isn’t about LeBron James, for heaven’s sake. It’s about a pastor that I admire more every time I read something about him or by him, or hear him speak. You may not be able to pronounce his name, but you will appreciate his message. He is Tullian Tchividijian, and he […]