May 30, 2016

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.

Pic & Poem of the Week: May 29, 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week May 29, 2016 For your pleasure and contemplation, I am posting an original photograph and a corresponding poem each week on Sundays. May these offerings help lead us to a deeper place of rest on the Lord’s Day. Click on the picture for a larger image. • • • The Real Work It may […]

Saturday Ramblings: May 28, 2016 – Race Version

Ain’t no ramblin’ Rambler today, friends. This is Race Weekend here in Indy, and a special one at that. This Memorial Day Sunday will mark the 100th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500. Your chaplain won’t be going anywhere near 16th and Georgetown tomorrow, however. Officials announced the first sellout in […]

Another Look: I can’t get no…

Dallas Willard once wrote: “It is spiritually formative to be dissatisfied and unable to resolve it.” Hmm. Read that again. Slowly. Again. Now let’s talk. My first thought is, I am not sure I have ever been anything other than “dissatisfied.” How about you? For people my age, dissatisfaction, restlessness, and ennui came as natural as breathing. […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson One

Wednesdays with James Lesson One: Background and Big Picture Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. From Advent to Pentecost, the Church follows the Gospels as they depict the earthly career of Jesus the Messiah, the story of salvation. In the […]

Civil Religion Series: The Other NRA

Civil Religion, part eight The Other NRA Presidential election years in the U.S. provide American Christians an opportunity to reflect upon our faith and how it applies to our lives as citizens and to the public issues that affect us all. We are taking many Tuesdays throughout 2016 to discuss matters like these. At this point […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: May 22, 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week May 22, 2016 (Holy Trinity) For your pleasure and contemplation, I will begin posting an original photograph and a corresponding poem each week on Sundays. May these offerings help lead you to a deeper place of rest on the Lord’s Day. Click on the picture for a larger image. • […]

Another Look: One Human Action, Profound Effects — Jesus and Adam

Note from CM: Since this subject came up in the discussion yesterday, I thought I would re-post a piece that I recommended in a comment (with edits and updates). I have also inserted additional material from another post, called “Paul, Christ, and Adam.” • • • Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, […]

Another Look: How the Bible Works in Our Lives Today

Today we take another look at a post from 2013 about how I think Scripture “works” in our lives today — we who live so far removed from the events it records and who live in a vastly different time and culture. • • • First of all, we must be willing to recognize that anyone who begins […]

Another Look: My View of Scripture (updated)

Here is another look at something I wrote back in 2011. I present again, for your consideration and discussion, a summary of my perspective on Scripture (at this point in my understanding). It has increased from ten points to eleven in five years, and has been updated in a few places. The Bible is from […]

Pentecost Sunday with Henri Nouwen: May 15, 2016

Pentecost Sunday with Henri Nouwen On the Eucharistic Life This is Pentecost Sunday, and today we conclude our series of reflections on his book, With Burning Hearts: A Meditation on the Eucharistic Life. • • • That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were […]