March 24, 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.

IM Book Review: Your Church Is Too Small

By Chaplain Mike Although the church of Jesus Christ is found in many different places, she is one true church, not many. After all, there are many rays of sunlight, but only one sun. A tree has many boughs, each slightly different from others, but all drawing their strength from one source. Many streams may […]

It’s OK…to Just Be a Christian

By Chaplain Mike MOD NOTE: Comments are closed. I hope this will come as a bit of good news to you today. Maybe it will help you stop beating yourself up unnecessarily. I hope it will help us all to that end. What I have to tell you is… It’s OK. It’s OK to just […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 2

By Chaplain Mike We are marking the Great Fifty Days of Easter with a series of devotional thoughts on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Today we return to the scene on Easter Sunday morning, as described in Matthew 28:1-10 (NIV). Text After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene […]

Sunday in Mayberry

Presented by Chaplain Mike Now I know why I receive some of the comments I get after a post.

Sunday’s Gospel: Joy Comes in the Morning

By Chaplain Mike Each Sunday, we present devotional thoughts based upon the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Today is the third Sunday in Easter. Today’s Gospel is John 21:1-19. Gospel Text After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. […]

OK, You Asked…

By Chaplain Mike I promise—this will be the end of discussion on the topic of “creationism” for a while. Too many responders failed to grasp that yesterday’s rant was NOT primarily about creation vs. evolution, but about the culture-war tactics of the “creationists” (ala Ken Ham) who are not really interested in science or even […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 1

By Chaplain Mike As I said in a recent post, Easter is a season in the Christian year, not simply one day. Easter is the Great Fifty Days! As one way of marking this season of celebration, we will run a series of devotional thoughts on the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. These will be posted […]

Update on the Creation Wars

By Chaplain Mike MOD NOTE: Comments are closed. I’ve been too busy with truly important matters, like work and family and sharing in the grief of friends, to get back to this subject for awhile, but folks, we’ve got to talk. A few weeks ago I posted a video (no longer available for viewing), produced […]

The Family, Part Three

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. III. The Elder Duty, that’s the word– Nothing less. Best effort at all times, no matter what. Keep at it, never give up. First to the task And last to lay it down. Don’t let anyone outwork you. Also: expect maximum effort From those under your charge. Don’t […]

The Family, Part Two

A trilogy of poems by Chaplain Mike. II. The Father A hundred years have passed, or so it seems, Since news was brought to me–oh father’s joy! A son, our first, the image of his kin. How strong he rose! How righteous, true! Serious child with scrupulous eye, Steadfast he stands, surveys the family stock. […]