July 11, 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.

Appearances of the Risen Lord, 10

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 a unique narrative in Matthew’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Matthew 28:11-15 (MSG). Text Meanwhile, the guards had scattered, but a few of them went […]

Recommended: Dialogues with Tom Wright

By Chaplain Mike As we drove around Chicago last week, and then home to Indy on Sunday, we had the privilege of listening to some of the messages from the recent Wheaton Annual Theology Conference—“Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N.T. Wright.” If you would like a good overview of […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Upper Room Promises

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the sixth Sunday in Easter. Today’s Gospel is John 14:23-29 (GNT). Gospel Text Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and my Father and I […]

Open Mic: Spiritual Progress and the Church

Question posed by Chaplain Mike Over at Out of Ur, Christianity Today’s ministry blog, there is an interview with Dallas Willard about how churches assess spiritual growth. Here is an excerpt from that post. In our Open Mic discussion today, I would like our iMonk community to respond to what he says. Q: How can […]

Helping the Spiritually Helpless

By Chaplain Mike Last week I visited a family in a common hospice situation. The patient was non-responsive and near death. The patient’s daughter, though saddened by the impending loss of her father, was even more concerned about his spiritual welfare. He had lived most of his life saying he was an unbeliever. He’d had […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 9

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 another narrative in John’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from John 20:19-29 (ESV). Text On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, […]

More Creation Questions: Adam & Eve

By Chaplain Mike It’s time to get back to some basic Biblical and theological questions related to the subject of creation. In recent posts, I have dealt with Michael Spencer’s view of the creation narratives, the controversy over creation issues prompted by Bruce Waltke’s video, and my own interpretation of Genesis 1. Today, we begin […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 8

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 another narrative in John’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from John 20:11-18 (MSG). Text 11-13But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 7

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 24:36-49 (NRSV). Text While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them […]

Follow Up: The Most Basic Question (And how the chaplain blew it)

By Chaplain Mike The other evening, we posted an Open Mic discussion based on a situation I faced in my ministry. Here is a recap of the experience I described: It is a rare conversation that cuts right to the heart of the matter. It happened to me the other day. I was visiting a […]