November 26, 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.

Music for Holy Week I

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. Performed by Karl Richter, Münchener Bach Orchestra and Choir. From St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Stations of the Cross: The Third Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE THIRD STATION Jesus falls the first time Scripture The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment. They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn […]

My View: Genesis 1

By Chaplain Mike. My interest in the first chapters of Genesis began to blossom when I was in seminary, studying under Dr. John Sailhamer. Over the years, I have come back to it again and again. My understanding has grown and been refined each time I’ve taken it up. It saddens me that Genesis 1 […]

Stations of the Cross: The Second Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE SECOND STATION Jesus carries his cross Scripture So they took Jesus and led him away. Carrying the cross by himself, Jesus went to the place called Skull Hill (in Hebrew, Golgotha). John 19:17, NLT

Stations of the Cross: The First Station

A Series for Holy Week Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations THE FIRST STATION Jesus is condemned to die Scripture The governor asked, “Which of these two do you want me to pardon?” They said, “Barabbas!” “Then what shall I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?” They all shouted, “Nail him […]

Bruce Waltke on Staying in the Discussion

Posted by Chaplain Mike. Bruce Waltke is a renowned conservative Old Testament scholar. He served on the translation committees for the NASB and NIV Bibles. Waltke is a professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia and a former president of the Evangelical Theological Society. His commentary on Genesis is […]

Update on Prayer Beads Sale

By Chaplain Mike. I think we’ve overwhelmed our dear friend Alan Creech. As of tonight, he has raised $1,444.75 $2,275.25 $2305.25 to help the Spencers with their needs! (This is the final tally.) As Randy Jackson would say, “Dawg, that’s dope!” Alan, you are the best. We will pray for an extra measure of finger […]

iMonk Update—3/23/10

Update from Denise Spencer, posted by Chaplain Mike. There has been another change in Michael’s situation, and I would like readers to know so you can better pray for us. At the encouragement of our oncologist, we have opted to discontinue treatment. He said the chemotherapy was not working, and it would actually be doing […]

Practice Resurrection, continued — On Grace and Works

By Chaplain Mike. Ephesians 2:8-9 is one of the key passages Christians use when trying to help people understand that salvation is by God’s grace, a gift that we receive by faith without adding any good works of our own. When someone freely gives us a gift, it is of the essence of the exchange […]

Update on Art Auction

Just notified by Michael Buckley that $200 has come in so far from the art auction for Michael and Denise. The auction ends tonight at 9pm, so check it out before it’s too late! And thanks to all who have participated. Even more thanks to Michael. UPDATE— 11:00 PM, March 21 THANK YOU iMONK FRIENDS! […]