October 21, 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.

How Do You Celebrate Pentecost?

By Chaplain Mike There are four major holidays in the Christian Year: Christmas Good Friday Easter Pentecost We all know about Christmas. Not only is the story poignant and heart-warming (who doesn’t love a baby?), but it also fits with seamless perfection into our nuclear family-oriented, consumerist culture. Thanks especially to Charles Dickens, Clement Moore, […]

Preview Mere Churchianity

Internet Monk readers: if you’d like a preview of Michael Spencer’s soon-to-be released book, Mere Churchianity, we now offer you a way to read an excerpt. Just click the new link on the right side of the page: And don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!

Updated Internet Monk FAQs (part two)

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: The FAQ page has now been fully updated. It may be found in the menu at the top of the page, and is now called FAQS/RULES. We are in the process of updating the Internet Monk FAQ page, in order that our readers may understand who we are now and how […]

Appearances of the Risen Christ, 13

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 John’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from John 21:1-14 (CEV). Text Jesus later appeared to his disciples along the shore of Lake […]

Updated Internet Monk FAQs (part one)

By Chaplain Mike We will update the Internet Monk FAQ page in the near future, but I thought it would be worthwhile today to give us all a reminder of some of the basics and “rules” around here. I will include Michael Spencer’s original answers (MS) so that you can: Contrast mine (CM) with his […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Unity—God’s Love in Action

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the seventh Sunday in Easter. Today’s Gospel is John 17:20-26 (NRSV). Gospel Text I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their […]

A Disputed “Justification” Text

By Chaplain Mike Since we’ve been talking about N.T. Wright lately, and examining some Scriptures together, I thought it might be timely to look at one text that became a point of controversy in the debate about justification between the more traditional Reformed view and the so-called New Perspective on Paul (NPP), at least as […]

Appearances of the Risen Christ, 12

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 final narrative in Luke’s story of Jesus’ resurrection and appearances, from Luke 24:50-53 (NASB). Text And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He […]

The Beatitudes: Virtues or Proclamations?

By Chaplain Mike I am working through N.T. Wright’s exhilarating book on Christian growth and character, After You Believe. I hope to post a full review soon. First, I’d like to interact with one small aspect of something he presents. Wright’s chapter on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) communicates some wonderful insights about […]

Reflecting on 50 Years of Charismatic Faith

By Chaplain Mike I’d like to have us discuss an interesting article in Christianity Today by David Neff. It is called, “Ardor and Order,” and it’s a reflection upon the impact of the charismatic movement on the mainline and evangelical churches over the past fifty years. I encourage you to read it before submitting comments […]