October 23, 2017

Archives for May 2011

Time to Leave Behind the Rapture

By Chaplain Mike Come on, children You’re acting like children Every generation Thinks it’s the end of the world – Wilco, “You Never Know” I had a spiritual awakening as a teenager in a time when prophetic expectations were high. Israel was in her land and engaged in violent confrontations with her antagonistic neighbors. Issues […]

From The Desk Of The Publisher

Howdy all. This is your friendly publisher—the abbot of the iMonastery, if you will—paying you a visit to catch you up on a few things here at the Internet Monk. Some of you may be relatively new visitors to our site, while others have been here for many years. All are welcome, especially those who […]

Changing Churches

I live in a city where changing churches is an art form. Those who have been in their same church for ten or more years are as rare as an Oklahoman who doesn’t like football (which is the unofficial state religion). They are as rare as an Arkansan with a full set of teeth. When […]

My Favorite Comment (May 2011)

By Chaplain Mike Every once in awhile, I receive a comment from a member of our Internet Monk community that I can’t get out of my mind. It strikes home with me as so true and so well put, that it becomes a part of me. I tell others about it. I go back and […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: My Use of the English Bible

Here’s a good question from a reader that will be fun for me to answer and I hope will prompt some good discussion. I’m eager to hear your responses. Today’s Question: Tell us about your use of the English Bible.  Likes, loves, etc.  It’ll generate some comments to be sure. So the question is, “What […]

The Sad Views of Stephen Hawking

By Chaplain Mike In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, cosmologist Stephen Hawking was as blunt and clear as he could be about his views on life beyond this life. “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Dealing with Those Who Hold Views I Used to Hold

By Chaplain Mike After this morning’s profound and personal inquiry, this afternoon I thought I’d tackle a shorter question. In some senses, it’s not any easier. I have found as a chaplain that it is sometimes easier to help people face death than it is to help them sort out life. It can get pretty […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Dying Well

By Chaplain Mike First of all, thank you for your stimulating questions. I have received several, enough to keep us busy for a few weeks here. I will try to post an “Ask Chaplain Mike” post at least 2 or 3 times a week for the foreseeable future. As a reminder of how to get […]

He Goes Ahead of Us

By Chaplain Mike “When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” (John 10:4, NASB) This morning’s poem was a meditation on the idea (the reality!) that the Shepherd goes before us into each day and prepares the way. He leads us […]

Easter IV

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 10:1-10 he goes before me into every day before he sends me forth he himself has gone before the way is made ready the path prepared i don’t see it at first it is mine to watch and listen to filter the noise to hear that voice to go, […]