July 22, 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: The Divine Commodity

By Chaplain Mike Darn that Skye Jethani! He has written the book I wanted to write: an insightful, stern, yet gracious critique of evangelical culture, illustrated by the works and stories of Vincent van Gogh, and linked with the wisdom of spiritual practices. And he did it well. It’s called The Divine Commodity: Discovering a […]

Open Mic: The Fading Glow of External Experience

By Chaplain Mike While I’m reading Skye Jethani’s superb book, The Divine Commodity, and preparing to review it, I thought I’d post this Open Mic question that grows out of a post on his blog, “What Should Worship Look Like? And why that question completely misses the point.” Jethani is responding to some who have […]

Sunday’s Gospel: You Have Received a Spirit of Adoption

By Chaplain Mike On this great feast day of the Church, Pentecost Sunday, we bring to your attention one of the great passages in the Bible on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the church. No comments from me today. No sermon. Just God’s words. May the Spirit […]

Ballyard Religion

By Chaplain Mike I had a vision of the evangelical church today. While coaching at my grandson’s Little League game (6-8 year olds), the heavens opened and a lot of things became clear to me, especially: Why it’s so hard to be a Jesus-shaped follower of Christ in America today. Why the evangelical church is […]

MLJ and the Holy Spirit

By Chaplain Mike On this week leading up to Pentecost, we are listening to some prominent evangelical voices about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. We are doing this in order to understand the variety of views within evangelicalism, and ways the church has dealt with these differences. We also want to give our IM […]

Giving Away “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church”

A word from friend of IM, Patrick Kyle This past weekend I had a chance to hear Dr. Rosenbladt give his lecture entitled ‘The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church’ to a packed house. As Ted and I sat and watched the impact of Dr. R’s words on the audience, I knew it was […]

Gospel Definitions

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: I have added an additional sentence to point #2 in my definition. Over at Rachel Held Evans’ blog, she is running a post with responses to the question, “What is the Gospel?” I encourage you to visit her site, read the entries, and enter the discussion. She asked me to participate, […]

The Appearances of the Risen Christ, 14

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 look further at John’s story of Jesus’ resurrection appearance to the disciples on the shore of Lake Tiberias, with its special emphasis on Peter, from John 21:1-14 (Phillips). Text […]

D. L. Moody and the Holy Spirit

By Chaplain Mike Over the years, I have had intermittent contact with teachers, staff, students, and alumni from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. MBI has been known as a conservative evangelical/fundamentalist school, with dispensational theology and an emphasis on missions. The school, of course, is named after the great American evangelist D.L. Moody (1837-1899). Moody’s […]

Tozer on the Holy Spirit

By Chaplain Mike Today, as we look forward to Pentecost Sunday, I present one of last century’s great advocates for the Holy Spirit in the evangelical church: Dr. A.W. Tozer. In this excerpt, with characteristically potent and plain talk, Tozer simultaneously rebukes the church and stimulates our hunger to know more of the Holy Spirit’s […]