February 10, 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.

La Mer

We’ll resume our Tuesday “Civil Religion” series next week. I’ve been taking a few days of R & R down in Florida and thought I’d share a few pics with you today. These have not been through final editing, but I think you’ll get the idea of how beautiful and refreshing these days have been. […]

Epiphany V: An Introduction to Lent by Mark D. Roberts

A reader wrote this week and asked for basic information about Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. I couldn’t think of a better introduction than this piece by Mark D. Roberts, who blogs at Patheos. • • • How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Roberts […]

Saturday Ramblings: February 6, 2016 – Superb Owl Edition

Gail and I are taking our classy red and white Metropolitan to the airport this morning for a little sky rambling down to Clearwater, Florida to snatch a few days of R&R. I hear there’s a big football game on the other coast this weekend and we’ll probably watch it. Being from Indianapolis, we have a fond […]

Essential Practices: Praying the Psalms

Essential Practices One: 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 I’m […]

U.S. Civil Religion – An Election Year Series

Presidential election years in the U.S. provide 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. I’d like to take Tuesdays throughout 2016 to discuss matters like these. To prompt my own thinking and to give us material […]

Epiphany IV: God, everywhere present, filling all things

Epiphany IV God, everywhere present, filling all things Today, words from Fr. Stephen Freeman on the “one-storey universe.” That is, he is talking, from an Orthodox perspective, about the sacramental nature of reality. As the Apostle Paul said in Athens: The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of […]

Saturday Ramblings: January 30, 2016 – Hawkeye Edition

It’s the final weekend in January 2016 already! Here in central Indiana, it looks nothing like our Rambler portrait today. Most are cheering that the weather will be in the 50’s this weekend. I can finally go outside and take my hoses off the spigots and see how much damage the occasional sub-freezing temps have […]

IM Book Review: The Listening Life

The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction By Adam S. McHugh IVP Books (2015) • • • Listen carefully, my child…and incline the ear of your heart. • Opening words of the Rule of Benedict The question that drives this book is, how would our relationships change, and how would we change, if […]

Another Look: A banal suggestion as to why we might be “losing our religion”

“Its a typical situation in these typical times — Too many choices…” • Dave Matthews “In a world of choice, obligatory religions are not faring well.” • Diana Butler Bass Christianity After Religion * * * Diana Butler Bass once asked an executive of a coffee company how many choices were possible in one of his stores. […]

Epiphany III: I wonder…

Epiphany III I wonder… Luke 4:14-20 (NRSV) 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the […]