December 2, 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.

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 29, 2020 — Mostly Music Edition

• • • The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 29, 2020 — Mostly Music Edition • Peter Mayer’s song set to transcendent time lapse videos of northern lights, the Milky Way, meteors and more. Video by John Ashley. Magnificent. • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty! Tomorrow is the Sunday for what is perhaps my […]

Jeff Dunn: Update re: Kathy and Prayer

Update re: Kathy and Prayer By Jeff Dunn, 8/25/20 Further Update from CM: At 10:20 am today I received this text from Jeff… WooHoo! The nurse just said Kathy is making great progress! Her oxygen requirement from a machine continues to decline, meaning she is breathing much better on her own. And that means she […]

Let’s discuss…abortion

Let’s discuss…abortion * Update: I will cut off comments at midnight tonight for this post. * Note from CM: I will try to moderate this closely today. The “pro-life” (anti-abortion) movement has become invigorated since the election of President Trump in 2016, and many Christians support him largely on this basis. They cannot even conceive […]

From Jeff Dunn: Not a Good Update

From Jeff Dunn: Not a Good Update Received Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Let me start with where we are right now. Kathy is in the ICU at St. John Hospital here in Tulsa. She’s in critical condition with Covid-19 pneumonia, among other things. Today she was intubated (put on a ventilator) because her breathing declined […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 22, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 22, 2020 • • • • MLB play of the week… • It’s been too long since I’ve heard such eloquence spoken in a political context… So what do we do now? What’s our strategy? Over the past four years, a lot of people have asked me, “When others […]

On “Soft” Racism

On “Soft” Racism Hi, my name is Mike and most of my life has been lived in a culture of “soft” racism. “Soft” racism is my phrase for the mindset of people — like me — who grew up in a homogeneous white culture. I was raised in the Midwest, northern Illinois to be precise. […]

The Lost World of the Torah (2) — How ANE Laws Work

The Lost World of the Torah (2) How ANE Laws Work We are considering John Walton’s book, The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. Walton is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, and an editor and writer of many OT studies and commentaries, focusing attention on […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 15, 2020

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: August 15, 2020 • • • • In honor of one my all-time favorite character actors (and diabetes spokepersons)… • Is this what the future of American religion looks like? From RNS: Kamala Harris filled two criteria that Joe Biden wanted in a running mate: She is a woman and […]

The Lost World of the Torah (1) — Introduction

The Lost World of the Torah (1) Introduction Though [it] is a popular view, we will contend, in contrast, that Scripture is not a body of information containing propositions that are always valid in all places and times. Instead, we will find much greater need to resist the thinking that there is a divinely inspired […]

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 […]