January 18, 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.

Stations of the Cross: The Ninth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE NINTH STATION Jesus falls the third time. Scripture My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. […]

Music for Holy Week IV

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “The Power of the Cross,” performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Stations of the Cross: The Eighth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Lisa Dye for leading us in today’s meditation. THE EIGHTH STATION Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Scripture A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep […]

The Real Meaning of Easter?

By Chaplain Mike. According to Rick Warren, Easter is about “growing your church.” He exhorts pastors in a recent Christian Post article to “use Easter” to break growth barriers in their congregations. Easter, a means to an end. A prime marketing opportunity for the real business of evangelicalism: church growth.

Making Music in Midst of Chaos

By Chaplain Mike. Back in the early 1990’s a simple act of heroism caught the imagination of those who learned about it. On May 27, 1992, Vedran Smailovic, principal cellist for the city opera, was practicing his cello in an upstairs apartment in Sarajevo, in the former Yugoslavia. It was a time of war, and […]

Stations of the Cross: The Seventh Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE SEVENTH STATION Jesus falls the second time. Scripture Cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; and you […]

Music for Holy Week III

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “Why,” performed by Michael Card.

Stations of the Cross: The Sixth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Lisa Dye for leading us in today’s meditation. THE SIXTH STATION Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Scripture For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God […]

Scandalous Grace of God

This appreciation is by Jeff Dunn. I first met Michael Spencer, via the telephone, after I had my heart turned inside-out by a bit of writing most would never have dared to compose. It was shortly after his (in)famous collection of posts, The Coming Evangelical Collapse. As a literary agent, I spent considerable time “scouting” […]

Stations of the Cross: The Fifth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE FIFTH STATION Simon of Cyrene carries the cross. Scripture When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus. Luke 23: 26 […]