April 24, 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.

Stations of the Cross: The Thirteenth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION THIRTEEN The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross. Scripture All who had came around as spectators to watch the show, when they saw what actually happened, were overcome with grief and headed home. Those who knew […]

Music for Holy Week VI—Good Friday

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. (Translation below) “Es Ist Vollbracht!” (It Is Finished), from the St. John Passion, by J.S. Bach. Performed by Concentus Musicus Wien, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt Jesus Es ist vollbracht! It is accomplished! Alto Solo: Es ist vollbracht! It is accomplished ! O Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen! […]

Stations of the Cross: The Twelfth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION TWELVE Jesus dies on the cross Scripture By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of […]

Stations of the Cross: The Eleventh Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION ELEVEN Jesus is nailed to the cross Scripture Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). There they nailed him to the cross. John 19: 17, 18 NLT

Music for Holy Week V—Holy Thursday

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “I Am the Bread of Life,” performed by John Michael Talbot.

Stations of the Cross: The Tenth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. STATION TEN Jesus is stripped Scripture And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis 2: 25 NASB Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and […]

Stations of the Cross: The Ninth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE NINTH STATION Jesus falls the third time. Scripture My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. […]

Music for Holy Week IV

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “The Power of the Cross,” performed by Keith and Kristyn Getty.

Stations of the Cross: The Eighth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Lisa Dye for leading us in today’s meditation. THE EIGHTH STATION Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem. Scripture A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep […]

The Real Meaning of Easter?

By Chaplain Mike. According to Rick Warren, Easter is about “growing your church.” He exhorts pastors in a recent Christian Post article to “use Easter” to break growth barriers in their congregations. Easter, a means to an end. A prime marketing opportunity for the real business of evangelicalism: church growth.