September 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.

Tuesday Open Forum — Plus…

Tuesday Open Forum We were having some site problems last night and I was on the phone with tech support until long after midnight, so today’s post ain’t gonna happen as planned, folks. Many apologies. On the other hand, this will give you a chance to have an open conversation today. Make good, healthy, and […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (5) — The limited conditions of choice

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The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 8, 2020

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David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apotakastasis (4) — The ultimate reconciliation of Esau

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David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (3) — What do the scriptures say?

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David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (2) — In the end of all things is their beginning

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 2: In the end of all things is their beginning David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — […]

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis (1) — Introduction

David Bentley Hart: 4 Meditations on Apokatastasis 1: Introduction David Bentley Hart’s book, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, sets forth a powerful, passionate argument against the traditional Christian doctrine of eternal conscious punishment — that sinners wind up forever in hell — and for the belief that all shall be […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 1, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 1, 2020 • • • Picture of the week… Rest in peace until you rise to see justice and shalom reign, John Lewis. • Quotes from the week… “And someday, when we do finish that long journey towards freedom, when we do form a more perfect union, whether it’s […]

“The ill health of religion in the world is attributable to its dearth of creativity.”

Incarnation For every lofty idea You need a lowly idea. For every hope and aspiration You need a circumstance and situation. For every spirit that rises You need a spirit made flesh. …At the beginning of God in Search of Man, Jewish philosopher, Abraham Heschel notes that religion can sometimes be its own worst enemy. […]

Another Look: My Own Desert Places

Another Look: My Own Desert Places They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. • Robert Frost, “Desert Places” One temptation is to think the wilderness is without […]