May 29, 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.

Another Look: Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

Note from CM: I expressed some of the most important developments in my thinking about creation and life in this world in this post back in 2010. I continue to find it relevant, and never more than in these days through which we are living. • • • Another Look: SURD EVIL, SERPENTS, AND THE […]

What we’re doing in worship today (3)

What we’re doing in worship today (3) First Sunday under the stay-at-home order in Indiana. Fifth Sunday in Lent. Gospel text: John 11:18-26, 30-37. •

A Lenten Brunch Response to Pharisaic Idiocy: March 28, 2020

Lenten Brunch Lite 5: March 28, 2020 This Lenten season has been somewhat overwhelmed by all the attention paid to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has given us all an opportunity to ponder some fundamental aspects of what we believe and how we view the world (certainly consistent with Lent’s purpose). This morning I want […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (5) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. In her journey of grief, chronicled in the song set Ashes and Roses, Mary Chapin Carpenter found […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: On Solitude and Silence

Tuesday with Michael Spencer (from March, 2009) Next Reformation posted this bit of a 2008 CT interview with Richard Foster. (I mainly mention Foster to light up the radar of the discernabloggers. Boo!) What is the discipline that you think we need to be exploring more at this point? Solitude. It is the most foundational […]

My Pandemic Playlist

My Pandemic Playlist 12 songs for those maintaining social distance, and riding the roller coaster of inner responses that accompany life in the Covid-19 pandemic. A dose of reality, a pinch of despair, perhaps a smile, some perspective, hope, love, and faith mixed together and served to you today. • • • Wild World (Cat […]

What we’re doing in worship today (2)

What we’re doing in worship today (2) It’s Sunday #2 of worship in the days of coronavirus restrictions. This week, our small congregation will not meet together in the sanctuary. However, we have chosen an alternative. It started when one of our members insisted that he would ring the church bell on Sunday morning. We […]

Is God saying something to us?

Seen on Facebook this week: • Hear it again: “God allows trials to come our way to get our relationship back in tune with Him in order to keep us from eternal calamity.” Is that what God is saying to us in these challenging days? Is a text from 2 Chronicles a word from heaven […]

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4)

Lent with Mary Chapin Carpenter (4) Each year, on Ash Wednesday and during Lent, I focus attention on a singer-songwriter or album from the popular culture of my lifetime in which I find echoes of the Lenten journey. This year, we devote ourselves to listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter’s superb intensely personal album from 2012, […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: Looking for an Exit

Tuesday with Michael Spencer Looking for an Exit (2009) At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and […]