July 15, 2018

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.

Sunday with Ron Rolheiser: The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy Our Lives

Sunday with Ron Rolheiser The Gospel Challenge to Enjoy Our Lives Joy is an infallible indication of God’s presence, just as the cross is an infallible indication of Christian discipleship. What a paradox! And Jesus is to blame. When we look at the Gospels we see that Jesus shocked his contemporaries in seemingly opposite ways. […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 14, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 14, 2018 It’s county fair season in my part of the world. State fairs are around the corner and these celebrations and gatherings will be going on throughout the summer and fall. I’m trying to decide whether or not we want to offer at our Brunch some of the […]

Another Look: Joe and Marge

First posted in 2012 Marge died today. A petite, pretty octogenarian, she had been wandering in the world of Alzheimer dementia for many years. I’ve known her for a few of those years, at least I’ve known the lady who rarely sat still, who moved continually from one place to another, looking out the windows, […]

Genesis: Where It All Begins (1)

Note from CM: I’d like to devote Tuesdays to some meditations on Genesis for awhile. It has been in studying the Hebrew Bible, and Genesis in particular, that I have come to appreciate a much more “Jewish” sense of the biblical story than much Christian theology acknowledges. N.T. Wright has done the same in the […]

Sunday with Ron Rolheiser: 10 Major Faith Struggles Today

Sunday with Ron Rolheiser 10 Major Faith Struggles Today This is from a few years ago, but I think it still stands up and warrants our attention, contemplation, and discussion on a Sunday. However you decide to participate today, I hope that your contribution will be personal. That is, I would like for us to […]

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 7, 2018

The IM Saturday Monks Brunch: July 7, 2018 From AOL: Who says this isn’t a great country? What could be better than a 104 year-old WWII veteran throwing out the first pitch for the Memphis Redbirds, triple-A affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals. From the New York Times: For many reasons we’ve been hearing a […]

Independence Day 2018: The New Colossus

Independence Day 2018 The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her […]

Brueggemann: On taking a route other than our zeal or certitude

Note from CM: Friends, I thought this a good follow-up to yesterday’s discussion about my “both/and” perspective on things. • • • Not many of us need advice about what to do with our life. Not many of us want such advice either. We may not agree on what to do, but most of us […]

Just in case you’re wondering…I’m a both/and person

I am a both/and kind of person. This is a rather uncomfortable place to be in today’s polarized world. I know there are more of us out there, but our voices are getting drowned out by partisans and tribalists. At any rate, I thought I might list some of the ways (peculiar perhaps) that I […]

Sermon: Pentecost +5 — The Fear of the Lord

Sermon: Pentecost +5 The Fear of the Lord On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the […]