July 23, 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.

Wash Your Ears Out with This

By Chaplain Mike I just started reading Eric Metaxas’ acclaimed new biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I’m anxious to share it with you soon. In the meantime, and especially in the light of last evening’s post about “Pastor Ted,” wash your ears out, regain your bearings, and stimulate your spirit with a few of […]

Update: Easter Morning…for Ted

By Chaplain Mike WARNING: As you read this update, the sound you will hear is the voice of cynicism. With a bit of sarcasm thrown in. As well as a healthy dose of antipathy. If I didn’t think the evidence deserves this kind of response, I would stay quiet. But this is bad news, a […]

The Season after Pentecost: “Ordinary Time”

By Chaplain Mike For those who follow the Christian Calendar, we are now in the season after Pentecost. This season is also known as, “Ordinary Time.” Robert Webber explains the meaning of the term, and how this season compares to the rest of the liturgical year: The period between Pentecost and the beginning of Advent […]

The Comeback Kid?

By Chaplain Mike Americans love a comeback story. Don’t we? And Christians believe in the God of second (and third and fourth…etc.) chances. Don’t we? Yesterday in Saturday Ramblings, Jeff noted and commented on Ted Haggard’s return to ministry. Ted Haggard’s “surprise announcement” was anything but a surprise. He is planning to launch a new […]

Sunday’s Gospel: God Visits Us in Our Sorrows

By Chaplain Mike Sunday: Pentecost II (Year C) Today’s Lectionary Readings: OT: 1Kings 17:17-24 Psalm: Psalm 30 Epistle: Galatians 1:11-24 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17 Today’s Gospel Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd. Now as He approached the gate of the […]

IM Book Review: The “Radical” Approach: Missio Dei, or Wretched Urgency?

By Chaplain Mike I both loved and was troubled by David Platt’s bold, clear book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. It’s an impressive first effort, but I have my concerns. For starters, the author must be deemed a prodigy. I mean, the guy was in his mid-20’s when he was called […]

Done with Wings

By Chaplain Mike The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait […]

Open Mic: The Gulf Oil Disaster

By Chaplain Mike Though I’ve made my opinions clear about “culture war” political machinations, I have also tried to say that Christians should care about public issues. With that in mind, I’ve been waiting and watching for Christian spokespersons to weigh in about the Deepwater/BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico from a […]

Why I Am Not a “Culture-Warrior”

By Chaplain Mike In anticipation of the release of Mere Churchianity, Michael Spencer’s book, we have been examining various issues that are affecting evangelicalism, particularly in America. Today, a brief response to the “culture war” mentality. This past week, in our area we had the culmination of a big to-do about a high school graduation […]

Let Them Eat Cake!

As part of our continuing examination of issues in evangelicalism, today we present this interview with a renowned business leader. William Sola oversees franchises all across our country and around the world. * * * Reporter: Hello, today I’m with William Sola, great, great, great grandson of Jack Sola, founder of the Sola Bakery Company. […]