October 24, 2020

The Myth of Independence

By Chaplain Mike “When God blesses us, He almost always does it through other people.” â–ª Gene Edward Veith STOP. Think for a moment about what made it possible for you to read that sentence. First of all, you had to be here, which means at some point in time, you were born. This happened, […]

“This SA Meeting Is Now in Session”

By Chaplain Mike Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion (which I now refer to as a “spiritual awakening”) to me was like rounding a bend in the highway and driving […]

Redefining Greatness

By Chaplain Mike The older I get, the more my definition of “greatness” changes. For many of us who grew up in the age of mass media, great has often equaled “famous” in our minds. The great are those with public celebrity. Whose faces are seen in print and on screen. Whose words are captured […]

Filled with Passionate Intensity

Does anyone else cringe when they hear the over-used  word “passion”? What’s your passion? —  “I have a passion for — something.”  “I’m so passionate about that.” I don’t think these people know what they’re really saying. Bear with me here. I’m launching into a history of the word from its origins to its modern usage. […]

Death Of An Autonomist

Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding […]

Help! For Help?

Editor’s note: The following comment was recently posted to an essay we ran called Those Who Dance Are Considered To Be Insane By Those Who Cannot Hear The Music. Here is what Help? wrote: I wish I knew God like you do….Could hear His voice. I feel like an Israelite, sitting in the camp, waiting […]

In the Dry Old Summertime

By Chaplain Mike We aren’t yet to the “dog days” of summer. But I’m dry already. Am I alone in finding certain seasons of the year more challenging with regard to staying spiritually vibrant? Life has a rhythm, and I seem to do best when that rhythm is steady. But summertime often lacks a defined […]

Courage The Cowardly Christian

“Hello, my name is Jeff, and I am a spiritual coward.” (Chorus) “Hi, Jeff.” This is me, a spiritual coward. It is not easy for me to admit this, and many who know me might question the accuracy or sincerity of this tag. But it’s most certainly true. Those who know me may say, “But […]

Sailing In Deep Waters

If I had a boat I’d go out on the ocean And if I had a pony I’d ride him on my boat And we could all together Go out on the ocean Me upon my pony on my boat Lyle Lovett, If I Had A Boat The walls of college dorm rooms, at least […]

Done with Wings

By Chaplain Mike The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait […]