November 19, 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.

More on Ken Ham…

By Chaplain Mike For your further study and contemplation… In response to a parishioner’s request, our friend, Pastor Daniel Jepsen, has written a review of Ken Ham’s video, “The Six Days of Creation,” over at the Franklin Community Church website. Part of Dan’s conclusion: All this is not to say that I totally disagree with […]

Hearing Michael Spencer’s Continuing Voice

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: Coffee Cup Apologetics podcast #15 is available here. Thank you to those who sent it to Chaplain Mike! It has been good to hear Michael Spencer’s voice again in recent days. No, I was not caught up into the third heaven, nor was I granted a dream or vision. I’m talking […]

An Open Letter to Ken Ham

A Response to Ken Ham: Let’s Make Peace Reproduced by permission from the Evolving in Monkey Town blog by Rachel Held Evans, July 30, 2010 I’ll admit it: I love Rachel Held Evans. Not long ago, we reviewed her funny, winsome, thoughtful memoir called Evolving in Monkey Town, a book that encourages a faith that […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Don’t Be a Fool, Be a Follower

By Chaplain Mike Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • Hosea 11:1-11 • Psalm 107:1-9, 43 • Colossians 3:1-11 • Luke 12:13-21 Today’s Gospel Here’s a little secret: God is not against money. Nor is he against people having lots of money. God is not against possessions. Nor is he against people having nice possessions. […]

A Long Pause from Impermanence

By Chaplain Mike I hope no reader will suppose that “mere” Christianity is here put forward as an alternative to the creeds of the existing communions—as if a man could adopt it in preference to Congregationalism or Greek Orthodoxy or anything else. It is more like a hall out of which doors open into several […]

Defining Terms: Evangelical and Post-Evangelical

“Dispatches from the Post-Evangelical Wilderness” is the byline of this website. In recent days I have received a number of questions from readers, emailers, and Facebook friends asking me to define “post-evangelical” for them. Here’s a review of how I, Chaplain Mike, use this designation. Michael Spencer called himself “post-evangelical,” and to clarify that he […]

IM Recommended Reading: Who Speaks for Evangelicals?

By Chaplain Mike An interesting piece over at Out of Ur blog by John Ortberg asks the question, “Who speaks for evangelicals today?” This question reflects the diversity in the movement that exists under evangelicalism’s umbrella today. It wasn’t long ago, Ortberg says, that evangelicals had a sense of “relational interconnectedness” and that it was […]

Site Update: Blogroll, Links, & Facebook

By Chaplain Mike In our ongoing effort to keep Internet Monk up to date, tonight I added several new links to the Blogroll and Links side bars on the bottom right portion of the page. I hope you’ll find some sites that will encourage and help you. But. . . please keep coming back to […]

IM Book Review: A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church

By Chaplain Mike Warren Cole Smith’s book, A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church has a title with which I resonate. If you’ve been reading Internet Monk for any length of time, you’ll know that we describe ourselves in two ways: We are evangelicals. That is, we have been captured by the grace of God […]

Sunday’s Gospel: Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Teaching One Another)

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations for us all. Today, we’ll be teaching one another again. Today’s Gospel How many times have we had this desire in […]