January 19, 2021

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.

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 21, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 21, 2020 Gratitude Edition ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us, and to all men. We bless thee for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 14, 2020 — Grace Edition

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 14, 2020 Grace Edition It’s Thanksgiving season, and this week we emphasize grace, while next week we will emphasize gratitude. So pull a chair up to the banquet table and let’s talk about God’s amazing, surprising, prodigal grace as we feast at the end of another week. Note: I […]

apocalypse now?

• apocalypse now? we live these days with swabs up our noses masks covering our faces alcohol dripping from hands that hesitate to shake other hands we measure our distancing we balk at embracing we’re worried about breathing for god’s sake and everyone’s an expert but nobody knows what the hell is happening or why […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost: The Bridesmaids

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 7, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: November 7, 2020 The Democrats’ fantasy… The Democrats’ reality… • • Trump’s fantasy… • Trump’s reality… •

For What It’s Worth…

Mystic Sweet Communion

Songs, a litany, and prayers for All Saints…

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 31, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: October 31, 2020 It’s Halloween 2020! Over the years, Internet Monk has been known to post articles about this celebration in response to various examples of hysteria and circus-like behavior on the part of some Christians. Here’s a list of those posts: The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast My Annual […]

Lynn Ungar: Pandemic

• What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And […]

Reformation Sunday 2020: Zwingli’s Plague Hymn

Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli contracted the black death (bubonic plague) in Zurich while caring for the sick in 1519. Fearing for his life, he penned this hymn of lament and trust, completing its final four stanzas after his recovery. On Reformation Sunday, we present this as our own prayer for ourselves and each other, five […]