August 7, 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.

Sunday’s Gospel: On a Journey with Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 • Psalm 16 • Galatians 5:1, 13-25 • Luke 9:51-62 Today’s Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 (NRSV) When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. […]

iMonk Classic: Answers Not in Genesis

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From March 1, 2006 Nothing discourages me about the future of evangelicals like “young earth creationism,” Hamm style. Josh puts it well in this post at Here We Stand: “Every time I read someone saying it’s the Christian’s duty to refute biology and physics with the Bible, something inside me […]

Back to the Trenches!

By Chaplain Mike The troops have been mustered. And folks, it ain’t gonna be pretty. So, this week, in the “where angels fear to tread” category, we’re going to gear up and go back to the front lines of the Creation Wars. As you know, I have recommended the site BioLogos and have posted materials […]

IM Recommended Reading: Rachel Evans on BioLogos

By Chaplain Mike Friend of Internet Monk Rachel Held Evans has a great post on the BioLogos site that includes a video conversation. It’s called, “My Faith Shouldn’t Be Alive (But It Is, and Here’s Why).” Check it out here. We recently reviewed Rachel’s wonderful book, Evolving in Monkey Town, and continue to recommend it […]

Help Me with My Sermon!

By Chaplain Mike OK friends, I need your help. For the next three Sundays, I have the privilege of leading worship and proclaiming the Gospel in a sister congregation. One thing I have appreciated about the Lutheran tradition is the emphasis each Sunday on the Gospel passage and message. As you know, however, Jesus spoke […]

Skye Jethani on “The Daisy Cutter Doctrine” of Ministry

Presented by Chaplain Mike One of today’s most clear-sighted Christian leaders talks about where our legitimacy in ministry comes from. Quotes to Remember: What I call the “Daisy Cutter Doctrine” is a lie that I think a lot of us in ministry have fallen into, which is the belief that the larger the impact of […]

Paul the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike We will conclude our little flurry of posts on being a pastor and the duty of the church to provide pastoral care to its members by looking at another of the apostles, Paul. I had a great breakthrough in my understanding of pastoral theology during seminary, when I realized that I could […]

Peter the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I have written several posts over the past year on the subject of pastoral visitation and the importance of church communities taking seriously the responsibility for the personal care and tending of their members. In a comment I received to one of those posts, a church leader wrote that some pastors should […]

I Am a Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I wrote this many years ago, while on a mission trip in India. I used it to teach children about what a pastor is and does. Over the years, I’ve come back to it many times. Its simple words reminded me of God’s calling. Perhaps, on this Monday morning, it can be […]

Shaped By Jesus II

By Chaplain Mike “Shaped By Jesus” is a series of sign-posts pointing to Jesus’ teaching and acts as the soil from which Christlike discipleship grows. We are shaped by Jesus and we are shaped to be like Jesus in his character and mission. The Spirit enables us to be with Jesus today as we live […]