July 16, 2019

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.

Pentecost: How to Convey the Un-conveyable?

Ring out, you songs, resound, you strings! Oh blessed times! God will prepare our souls to be his temples. • • • How to Convey the Un-conveyable? At Working Preacher, Karoline Lewis makes a good point about preaching on Pentecost Sunday. I think too many of us preachers go into Pentecost Sunday with the pressure […]

The Saturday Internet Monks Brunch: June 8, 2019

The Saturday Internet Monks Brunch: June 8, 2019 More on Franklin Graham from Paul Wilkinson: A massive exercise in spin? Later this month ” 3,235 boxes of paper items, 1,000 scrapbooks of news clippings dating back to the 1940s and more than 1,000 linear feet of videos, cassettes, reels, films and audio” which “documents the […]

When Prayer Is Something Else Altogether

Note from CM: I will moderate closely today. Mind your Ps and Qs. • • • Sunday’s event is a near-perfect embodiment of political evangelicalism in the Age of Trump: It blends Christian nationalism, the idea that the United States has a special place in God’s plans and Trump is God’s agent; social media, where […]

Another Look: My Journey Alongside the Spirit-Filled

Another Look: My Journey Alongside the Spirit-Filled I have a distinctly non-Pentecostal/Charismatic/Third Wave Christian heritage. (For the sake of easier reading, these three waves of “Spirit-filled” movements will be simply called “charismatic”  in the rest of the post) The steps of my ecclesiastical journey look like this: United Methodist (before charismatic influence) — Southern Baptist — […]

Prayer, Power, and Proclamation

Ascension Sunday 2019: Prayer, Power, and Proclamation In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to […]

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost

A Week of Prayers in Preparation for Pentecost Today is celebrated as Ascension Sunday in many churches, when we remember that Jesus took his throne on the right hand of God the Father. He told his disciples that they should wait in Jerusalem after the ascension for the promised Holy Spirit. In Acts we read […]

A Day Off

Sorry, folks. The well has been dry for a couple of days here. Stayed tuned for the return of Saturday Brunch tomorrow. Enjoy your day.   • Chaplain Mike

Another Look: Seasons and Paths of Formation

Another Look: Seasons and Paths of Formation Little children, I’m writing to you because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus’ name. Parents, I’m writing to you because you have known the one who has existed from the beginning. Young people, I’m writing to you because you have conquered the evil one. Little children, I write to […]

IM Recommended Listening: Kate Rusby

IM Recommended Listening Philosophers, Poets and Kings – by Kate Rusby • • • Kate Rusby, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, England, has been singing since she was a child. Born into a family of musicians, she took up the guitar, piano, and violin, and sang in local folk festivals, eventually becoming the lead vocalist in […]

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

I know it’s Sunday and all. But it has been a long, hard, exhausting week, and I have been needing a laugh. It came from a place I have found to be a most trustworthy source for humor. Here’s the report from the Louisville Courier-Journal: The owner of the life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in […]