October 19, 2017

Archives for January 2011

A Most Misunderstood Parable

You gotta count the cost If you’re gonna be a believer You gotta know that the price Is the one you can afford You gotta count the cost If you’re gonna be a believer You gotta go all the way If you really love the Lord. Count The Cost, David Meece An interesting and little […]

Surrendering To His Teeth

He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation. (Psalm 91:15,16 NIV) It was turning out to be one of the hardest days in what was the hardest […]

IM Book Review: Turning Controversy into Church Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by William P. Campbell (Zondervan, 2010) I responded to an invitation to participate in a “Blog Tour” of W.P. Campbell’s book on ministering to those in the homosexual community. In typical fashion, I’m tardy in getting my review out, but I hope […]

Chapter Two of the Christian Life

To start with, I want to endorse Jeff Dunn’s recent rant on iMonk.  He said this:  “Jesus is not a self-help guru. He is not interested in you becoming a better person. He could not care less with you improving in any area of your life. Because in the end that is your life. Yours. And […]

Fear Not, Little Flock

By Chaplain Mike Last Sunday, my wife and I entered the side door of the old church building. The small entryway had a few steps that led up to two vintage oak doors. The one on the left led to the back corner of the sanctuary. Next to it, the right door led to an […]

A Life in a Song

By Chaplain Mike A song has been haunting my thoughts lately. Though recorded a couple of years ago, I have just become familiar with it. It’s Glen Campbell’s cover of “These Days” by Jackson Browne. I remember the original from the early 70’s, when I was a Browne fan, but this cover is a revelation. […]

Sermon: A Basic Conversation about Faith

By Chaplain Mike Below, you can listen to Chaplain Mike’s sermon on John 1:35-42, preached at a local Presbyterian church on Sunday, Jan. 16. John 1:35-42 (NASB) Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The […]

Vocation: A Hopeful Sign

By Chaplain Mike Scot, this sounds great. Too often in things I’ve read, “missional” is just another word for “church programs,” only this time they take place outside the church walls rather than within them. This, on the other hand, sounds more like the Lutheran doctrine of “vocation,” which I have come to think is […]

A Suggested Program for the Church

By Chaplain Mike Let me be honest. Sometimes the designation “Post-Evangelical” can be unhelpful. If we only focus on what has been left behind rather than looking forward to new possibilities, we will never find a way out of the wilderness. I don’t want to be known as someone who just levels criticism. I won’t […]

Jesus Calls Disciples

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 1:29-42 there he stood, pointing, pointing day after day after day and only sinners came unwashed to be washed clean then one day he pointed, hand trembling gaze fixed on one he saw pushing us away in his direction he bid us go, go and there we stood, wondering, […]