July 2, 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.

Another Look: The Wilderness Within

They cannot scare me with their empty places Between stars — on stars where no human race is. I have it in me so much nearer home To scare myself with my own desert places. • Robert Frost, “Desert Places” • • • One temptation is to think the wilderness is without — a place, a […]

This is the Gospel?

No one in the Bible, when described in a judgment scene, is asked if they accepted, trusted, or embraced the soterian gospel. In other words, “Did you accept Jesus into your heart consciously?” or “Did you walk the aisle to receive Christ?” or “Did you accept that Christ was your righteousness?” No one. • Scot […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Five

Blessings on people who are persecuted because of God’s way! The kingdom of heaven belongs to you. Blessings on you, when people slander you and persecute you, and say all kinds of wicked things about you falsely because of me! Celebrate and rejoice: there’s a great reward for you in heaven. That’s how they persecuted […]

Civil Religion Series: Wealth, the Social Gospel, and Holy War

Civil Religion, part nine Wealth, the Social Gospel, and Holy War 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 […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: June 26, 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week June 26, 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. • • • Walker, your footsteps are the […]

Make the Way by Walking

Note from CM: My work requires me to be around death and dying people every day. That means I am also with the people from whom these loved ones’ lives are being torn. From one perspective, life is a series of losses and we all find ourselves bereft. Therefore, the simple human ministry of supporting […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Four

Ordinary Time provides an opportunity for those who follow the liturgical year to take a different direction in their approach to the Scriptures. In Ordinary Time, we go week by week, examining how we might live the life we share together in Christ. Ordinary Time is therefore a good season for the Church to study books of the Bible, in […]

List of “Science and the Bible” Posts

When I published Mike’s final post, I forgot to include links to the entire series. I will do it here, so that you can have easy access to all of these fine pieces. Science and the Bible Series By Michael McCann Science and the Bible, Lesson 1 Science and the Bible, Lesson 2 Science and the Bible, Lesson 3 […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: June 19, 2016

Pic & Poem of the Week June 19, 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 Sound of Trees I […]

iMonk Authors Week: Jeff Dunn

iMonk Authors Week I hope you have enjoyed, as much as I have, this week of highlighting authors who write for us here at Internet Monk. I am blessed to partner with many fine, gifted, and faithful writers, who have written books we are happy to recommend. For those of you still getting familiar with the […]