December 15, 2017

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.

Seeing God at Work

Note from CM: This is an adaptation of a funeral sermon I gave this week. The theme was designed to represent both the character of the deceased and those who cared for her in her final season of life. I commended them as people who consistently displayed down-to-earth, practical, faithful, and genuine love. • • […]

Merton on Advent: Christ in our world as it is

  Note from CM: This past Sunday was recognized in many Anglican churches as the Feast of Thomas Merton. Today we present an excerpt from something he wrote about the season of Advent. • • • Merton on Advent Christ in our world as it is St Gregory the Great said that all Christians should […]

Advent II Sermon: An Uncomfortable Awakening (+ a bonus song)

Mark 1:1-8 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths […]

The Saturday Monk’s Brunch: December 9, 2017

Welcome to the refectory, iMonks! Time for another edition of our Saturday Brunch. We are in the Advent season and just marked St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6. But beware! There are many imposters out there — • • • THE POPE WANTS TO CHANGE THE LORD’S PRAYER? Andrew Perriman reports that the Pope has […]

The Advent Question

The Advent Question Therefore we believe, teach, and confess that the congregation of God of every place and every time has, according to its circumstances, the good right, power, and authority [in matters truly adiaphora] to change, to diminish, and to increase them, without thoughtlessness and offense, in an orderly and becoming way, as at […]

Advent I Sermon: Jesus’ “In-between” Coming

Mark 13:24-38 ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. […]

The Saturday Monks’ Brunch: Dec. 2, 2017

MONKS HAVING BRUNCH! Tomorrow, we begin a brand, spanking new church year. This calls for champagne! For mimosas! For blintzes! For cinnamon rolls! For brie! That’s right — this calls for monks to come together and have BRUNCH! Welcome to The Saturday Monks Brunch at Internet Monk! • • • THIS GUY COULDN’T WAIT FOR […]

A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time

• • • A Thought at the End of Ordinary Time from Wendell Berry I know I am getting old and I say so, but I don’t think of myself as an old man. I think of myself as a young man with unforeseen debilities. Time is neither young nor old, but simply new, always […]

Another Look: Overrated — Expressing My Opinion

The irony is not lost on this author. In this post I will share my opinion, stating my opinion that sharing opinions is overrated. And I will publish it on a blog dedicated to giving people a forum for sharing their opinions. So there. As a young minister, I soon learned the truth of a […]

Another Look: The Essential Practice of Praying the Psalms

The Essential Practice of Praying the Psalms It seems to me that there are some essential practices that attend our faith as Christians. By saying that, I do not wish to imply, or get into an argument about, whether they are obligatory or not. In some senses I think they are, and in others not. All […]