November 19, 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.

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 […]

Thank you for your prayers

From Chaplain Mike: Many of you have been asking about Michael’s health. I pass on this report from his friend Ryan, who is one of the participants on the Boar’s Head Tavern site, which Michael also leads. Here’s Ryan’s update: “I know many of you have been praying for Michael, and I wanted to let […]

Why I Don’t Participate in the ‘Christmas Wars’

Today’s post is from guest blogger Pat K from New Reformation Press. He rules the world with grace and truth, And makes the Nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love… My Pastor always tells us to pay close attention to old hymns because you can find some great theology in […]

The Annual “Mary” Discussion

MOD: Comments are now closed. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this discussion. No way we will resolve the major disagreements among us, but I hope you learned something from the conversation and will go forward with a greater appreciation for the Biblical picture of Mary. Today’s post is by guest blogger, Chaplain […]

Open Mic at the iMonk Cafe: Missional Christmas

Today’s Open Mic question is posed by guest blogger, Chaplain Mike Mercer. With all the talk these days of “missional” churches, this Christmas season might be a good time to take the ministry temperature of the churches represented by our readers here at Internet Monk. What, if anything, is your church doing during the holidays […]

Gospel Exhortations

Today’s guest post is by Chaplain Mike Mercer. For Michael & Denise. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. […]

Joy in the Journey

Today’s post is by Chaplain Mike Mercer. There is a joy in the journey, there’s a light we can love on the way. There is a wonder and wildness to life, and freedom for those who obey. All those who seek it shall find it, a pardon for all who believe. Hope for the hopeless […]

iMonk 101: From Eclectic Christian – My first hand experience with Mental Illness

Today’s Guest Post is from IM First Officer Michael Bell… As you know iMonk has been running posts lately on the subject of mental illness and how the Bible views it. Here are some interesting thoughts and reflections from Michael Bell, someone who has experienced forms of mental illness in his own family. I have […]

From the iMonk Archives – The Mood of Advent: We All Need A Savior

Whereas the first week of Advent focuses on the hope of the new creation, the second week looks around at the sinful world we live in now. The mood could not be more different. This is the week we learn to lament. Seeing the evil, corruption, and injustice around us (and in us), we cry […]

A Favorite Gospel Word

Continue to pray for the iMonk and health concerns. Today’s guest post is from Chaplain Mike Mercer… “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people…” (Luke 1.68, NASB) In his wonderful book on pastoral ministry, The Jesus-Driven Ministry, Ajith Fernando quotes a classic seventeenth century […]