November 18, 2017

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.

My Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By guest blogger Chaplain Mike Spend any time at all around Internet Monk, and you will hear about the “post-evangelical wilderness.” This is one of the phrases that first attracted me to Michael’s writings, and it is clear from reading those who have commented over the years that it has resonated with many. What it […]

UPDATE: Another Look at Visitation

Back during Advent, I put up a post on one of my favorite Gospel words: visit. I encourage you to go back and read it HERE. In that post, I made this comment: “I think it is what pastors and Christian people used to do, what they were expected to do. But something changed in […]

I Am the Least of These

I heard it again in church today. Last week, it was in our church bulletin, used to announce a youth mission project. It is the poster passage for all manner of missions and social justice ministries. How can you go wrong with a text that epitomized Mother Teresa, the very Scripture by which she herself […]

Sleep on this idea…

Guest post by Chaplain Mike. Yawn… We don’t have too many big snow storms where I live, in central Indiana. We are usually on the line between rain and snow, and therefore happen to miss both the drastic wind-chills and ginormous snowpiles of our northern neighbors and the early spring warmth and colors of those […]

From the iMonk Archives: When I Am Weak: Why we must embrace our brokenness and never be good Christians

Today Chaplain Mike asks us to reflect on one of his favorite IM posts of all time, originally posted in 2004, one which leads him to suspect that Michael is, at heart, a son of Luther after all. The voice on the other end of the phone told a story that has become so familiar […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: “Mere Christianity” Christians

Today, Chaplain Mike posts this Open Mic question on behalf of iMonk. “Are the ‘Mere Christianity Christians,’ i.e. Christians who emphasize the smaller, more minimal and broadly efficient vision of C.S. Lewis and some of the early church fathers personified in the Apostles’ Creed, the greatest threat to modern Evangelicalism? More and more apologists are […]

A New Year’s Message

Happy New Year. This post is from guest blogger Chaplain Mike. We encourage you to read the update posted below from iMonk and to join us all in praying for God’s ongoing comfort and help for Michael and his family in this time of need. May this post give assurance to them and to all […]

Year-End Recognition of Important iMonk Articles

Today’s post by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. Christianity Today ran an article by Collin Hansen today called, “The Top Ten Theological Stories of 2009.” Honored at #10 was our very own Michael Spencer’s series of articles called, “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.” Here is what CT had to say: ‘Coming Evangelical Collapse’ Predicted A fixture of […]

Has N.T. Wright Ruined Christmas?

Today’s post is by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. Please keep praying for our Internet Monk, Michael, as he rests in the hospital and continues to undergo tests and wait for results. For updates from Michael and his family, please refer to his page on Facebook. Today, let’s talk about Christmas carols. I love ’em. In […]

Merry Christmas

Of the Father’s love begotten, Ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the source, the ending He, Of the things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see, Evermore and evermore! We are thankful for all who are faithful friends of Internet Monk. May God bless you […]