May 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.

Another Look: Wisdom and the Fog

Note from CM: I have an extraordinarily busy week since I’m covering for our other chaplain’s caseload as well as my own. So, on Mon-Wed I’m re-posting some of my favorite stories and reflections from my work as a hospice chaplain. If I don’t get to clear comments that get held right away, please be […]

Another Look: Breakfast

Note from CM: I have an extraordinarily busy week since I’m covering for our other chaplain’s caseload as well as my own. So, on Mon-Wed I’m re-posting some of my favorite stories and reflections from my work as a hospice chaplain. If I don’t get to clear comments that get held right away, please be patient. […]

Another Look: Mark

Note from CM: I have an extraordinarily busy week ahead of me since I’m covering for our other chaplain’s caseload as well as my own. So, on Mon-Wed I will re-post some of my favorite stories from my work as a hospice chaplain. If I don’t get to clear comments that get held right away, […]

Easter VI: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • One of Bach’s cantatas for Easter VI is the delightful “Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage much” (BWV 84), based on the Gospel for the day in the composer’s time: John 16:23-30. Two pieces from this work describe a wonderful conversational relationship between the believer and God in the Word […]

The IM Saturday Brunch – May 20, 2017

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.” • • • UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WEEK “I think it would be helpful to have less drama emanating from the […]

Greg Boyd: Love Like the Sun and Rain

Note from CM: It is hard to do justice to a book as massive as Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2. We’ve had several days of discussing certain aspects of it, and yesterday I stated my main objection to his thesis. But as I said, my disagreements does not […]

The Conundrum of a Warrior God (5)

Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God is the kind of book that gets my juices going. I love thinking and talking about the Bible and how to read, study, and interpret it, and I find Boyd’s book exhilarating. Greg is a wonderful writer, is passionate about Jesus and the Scriptures and relentless in his efforts to […]

Another Look: My View of Scripture (at this point)

Note from CM: Here is another look at something I wrote back in 2011, and have edited and re-run a couple of times. Now here again I present, for your consideration and discussion, a summary of my perspective on Scripture (at this point in my understanding). In the light of our ongoing discussion on Greg Boyd’s new book, […]

Easter V: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • Today we present the first two movements from a cantata about Jesus’ promise of a Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Bach’s cantata BWV 108, based on the Gospel passage John 16:5-15, is called “Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe,” translated “It is expedient for you that I go […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: For Mom, Of Course!

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.” Mother’s Day and brunch — they just belong together, don’t they? Well, our gastronomic and consumeristic observances of the holiday today […]