December 15, 2017

Archives for June 2010

Balance

Virtue and truth, if out of balance, cease to be virtue or truth. That’s a bit short for a post, so I’ll expand. Any virtue developed in isolation from other virtues becomes a vice. Truthfulness, untempered by kindness, becomes a critical spirit. Gentleness without courage is weak. Empathy without self-discipline is soppy. It is easy […]

Writers’ Roundtable

We are introducing a new—and I hope, regular—feature today: the Writers’ Roundtable. I am so incredibly blessed to work with some of the best writers I know. Mike Bell. Lisa Dye. Adam Palmer. Damaris Zehner. Joe Spann. And, of course, Chaplain Mike. Honestly, these great friends put in many hours reading, researching, praying, and then […]

What Is My Portion?

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 One of my daughters has travelled to more than a dozen countries in the last year, sometimes for work, sometimes […]

IM Recommended Reading: Rachel Evans on BioLogos

By Chaplain Mike Friend of Internet Monk Rachel Held Evans has a great post on the BioLogos site that includes a video conversation. It’s called, “My Faith Shouldn’t Be Alive (But It Is, and Here’s Why).” Check it out here. We recently reviewed Rachel’s wonderful book, Evolving in Monkey Town, and continue to recommend it […]

Help Me with My Sermon!

By Chaplain Mike OK friends, I need your help. For the next three Sundays, I have the privilege of leading worship and proclaiming the Gospel in a sister congregation. One thing I have appreciated about the Lutheran tradition is the emphasis each Sunday on the Gospel passage and message. As you know, however, Jesus spoke […]

Skye Jethani on “The Daisy Cutter Doctrine” of Ministry

Presented by Chaplain Mike One of today’s most clear-sighted Christian leaders talks about where our legitimacy in ministry comes from. Quotes to Remember: What I call the “Daisy Cutter Doctrine” is a lie that I think a lot of us in ministry have fallen into, which is the belief that the larger the impact of […]

Paul the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike We will conclude our little flurry of posts on being a pastor and the duty of the church to provide pastoral care to its members by looking at another of the apostles, Paul. I had a great breakthrough in my understanding of pastoral theology during seminary, when I realized that I could […]

Peter the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I have written several posts over the past year on the subject of pastoral visitation and the importance of church communities taking seriously the responsibility for the personal care and tending of their members. In a comment I received to one of those posts, a church leader wrote that some pastors should […]

I Am a Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I wrote this many years ago, while on a mission trip in India. I used it to teach children about what a pastor is and does. Over the years, I’ve come back to it many times. Its simple words reminded me of God’s calling. Perhaps, on this Monday morning, it can be […]

Shaped By Jesus II

By Chaplain Mike “Shaped By Jesus” is a series of sign-posts pointing to Jesus’ teaching and acts as the soil from which Christlike discipleship grows. We are shaped by Jesus and we are shaped to be like Jesus in his character and mission. The Spirit enables us to be with Jesus today as we live […]