January 16, 2018

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.

The Third Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. John Exodus 33:18-23 Psalm 92 1 John 1:1-9 John 21:19b-24 Collect for the Day Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light, that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, […]

The Second Day of Christmas

Readings for the Day The Feast of St. Stephen Jeremiah 26:1-9,12-15 Psalm 31 Acts 6:8-7:2a, 51c-60 Matthew 23:34-39 Collect for the Day We give you thanks, O Lord of glory, for the example of the first martyr Stephen, who looked up to heaven and prayed for his persecutors to your Son Jesus Christ, who stands […]

Christmas Sermon: Good News that Changes Everything

SERMON: Good News that Changes Everything (Christmas 2017) The people who walked in darkness    have seen a great light;those who lived in a land of deep darkness—    on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2) He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a […]

The Saturday Monks [Christmas] Brunch: December 23, 2017

There’s a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy As we pass around the coffee and the pumpkin pie It’ll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives These things are the wonderful things we’ll remember throughout our lives (Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson) From The Legal Genealogist: Nathaniel Currier was born 27 […]

Another Look: Mary and the Contemplative Life

Mary and the Contemplative Life “But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). • • • The American church is renowned for its activism. We are a “can do” people, and in the Christian context that often means we see ourselves as “saved to serve.” We commend “being about the […]

A Few of the Many Quotes that Shape My Life

A Few of the Many Quotes that Shape My Life • • • All Spirituality is Living and Local So—spiritual theology, lived theology—not just studied, or discussed, or written about; not “God” as an abstraction but God in a participating relationship; not God as a truth to be argued; not God as a weapon to […]

Advent III Sermon: “Blessed Are You Who Bear the Light”

John 1:6-8, 19-28 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews […]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: December 16, 2017

It’s almost Christmas and perhaps you have started the feasting already. Well, for heaven’s sake, don’t stop now! Join us for our weekly Monks Brunch! Welcome! • • • BYE BYE NET NEUTRALITY One of the big news stories of the week was when the FCC voted on Thursday to repeal Obama-era internet neutrality rules. […]

The Evangelical Dilemma

The Evangelical Dilemma I don’t think Christianity is about converting people. • Michael Spencer, Wretched Urgency • • • I once had a Jewish patient, non-observant, who was one of the most thoughtful, delightful people I’ve met. My ministry to him was the same as it is to all my patients – to provide pastoral […]

Seeing God at Work

Note from CM: This is an adaptation of a funeral sermon I gave this week. The theme was designed to represent both the character of the deceased and those who cared for her in her final season of life. I commended them as people who consistently displayed down-to-earth, practical, faithful, and genuine love. • • […]