July 26, 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.

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (6)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Six Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ There is […]

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (2)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. Today, […]

Another Look: The IM Interview with Chaplain Mike (1)

Note from CM: Before I started writing for Internet Monk, Michael Spencer asked me to do an interview about Evangelicals and Pastoral Care for the Dying. I’m working on some upcoming posts about using the Bible in ministry and pastoral care, and in preparation I thought it might be good to revisit this seminal discussion. • […]

6th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today we feature Bach’s quintessential “Lutheran” cantata, “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her,” (Salvation has come to us, BWV 9). The gossamer sound of the opening movement disguises the fact that this cantata is the locus classicus of Lutheran fervor in all of Bach’s work, […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: July 22, 2017 — Summer Pleasures Edition

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.”  SUMMER PLEASURES Today around the Brunch table, I’d like to have a discussion about the good ol’ summertime. Though I’m […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (5)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Five Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Paul’s primary […]

The More Things Change…

The More Things Change… 300 years ago this week… One of my favorite pieces of classical music has an interesting political background. In fact, it’s an early 18th century example of a politician using the “media” to advance his own popularity and diss his opponent. Tom Huizenga told the story yesterday on NPR’s program, All […]

5th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today, we present an aria from one of Bach’s cantatas for Trinity 5: “Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden” (Behold I will send out many fishers, BWV 88). Schweitzer captures the setting of this aria: “”In the 1st mvt Bach sees before him the Lake of Gennesareth, on […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians – Friends in the Gospel (4)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Four Note: When passages are quoted at the beginning of new sections, I will be using The Message translation because of its conversational, friendly tone. You can compare this version with others, as well as have access to Gordon Fee’s commentary, at Bible Gateway. ✥ Here, then, […]

Another Look: If You Are Not Afraid, You Are Not Human

Hello. My name is Mike, and I am afraid. I am afraid of life, and I am afraid of life’s end. I am afraid of being alone, and I am afraid of being with people. I am afraid of hatred and I am afraid of love. Truth and beauty frighten me even as I delight […]