October 20, 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.

In the Dry Old Summertime

By Chaplain Mike We aren’t yet to the “dog days” of summer. But I’m dry already. Am I alone in finding certain seasons of the year more challenging with regard to staying spiritually vibrant? Life has a rhythm, and I seem to do best when that rhythm is steady. But summertime often lacks a defined […]

iMonk Classic: Out of Business with God

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Undated “What this says to you and me who have to live with the business of trying to confess our sins is that confession is not a pre-condition of forgiveness. It’s something that you do after you know you have been forgiven. Confession is not something you do in […]

A Final Word about Creation Week

By Chaplain Mike Cue applause. Cue wild, hilarious celebration in the streets. Creation week has come to an end. As God himself would say, “Time for a rest!” Before we go, I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all who have read and commented. You have, in some ways, participated in […]

Sunday’s Gospel: On a Mission with Jesus

By Chaplain Mike Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • 2 Kings 5:1-14 • Psalm 30 • Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16 • Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Today’s Gospel: Luke 10:1-20 (NRSV) After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to […]

Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

By Chaplain Mike A number of commenters to IM this week have struggled with our interpretation that the story of the fall and its consequences does not indicate a radical change in the nature of creation itself as the result of human sin. If, BEFORE THE FALL—plants and organisms decayed, if carnivorous animals ate other […]

Exile from Eden (Gen 3)

By Chaplain Mike As we near the end of “Creation Week” here at IM, we come to our final study in the early chapters of Genesis. Today we look at the account of Adam and Eve’s sin and their expulsion from the Garden in Genesis chapter 3. This is the second act of a three-act […]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part two

By Chaplain Mike The LORD God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:8 (NASB) In the first part of Genesis 2:4-25, we saw: The pre-fall condition of the land The creation of Adam Beginning at verse 8, the author describes: The garden […]

Genesis and My Post-Evangelical Wilderness

By Chaplain Mike A couple of years ago, I agreed to help a small group that was losing their “pastor.” They weren’t really a “church,” but a small band of exiles from traditional churches that met in house groups and then gathered together on Sunday. When the church planter who had formed them moved away […]

In the King’s Garden (Gen 2), part one

By Chaplain Mike And now for more “Creation Week” here at Internet Monk. Oh joy. This has been prompted by recent disputes in the blogosphere between some prominent Christian leaders, who hold to a Young Earth Creationism position, and the BioLogos Forum, a group of Christians from various disciplines that asserts the basic evolutionary model […]

John Walton: Approaching Genesis as an Ancient Text

In this video, John Walton, Professor of OT at Wheaton College (IL), discusses how we must approach Genesis as an ancient text. Readers must try their best to understand something of the thought-world of people in the Ancient Near East and to read, as much as possible, from their point of view. One good example […]