May 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.

Stations of the Cross: The Sixth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Lisa Dye for leading us in today’s meditation. THE SIXTH STATION Veronica wipes the face of Jesus. Scripture For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God […]

Scandalous Grace of God

This appreciation is by Jeff Dunn. I first met Michael Spencer, via the telephone, after I had my heart turned inside-out by a bit of writing most would never have dared to compose. It was shortly after his (in)famous collection of posts, The Coming Evangelical Collapse. As a literary agent, I spent considerable time “scouting” […]

Stations of the Cross: The Fifth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE FIFTH STATION Simon of Cyrene carries the cross. Scripture When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus. Luke 23: 26 […]

Music for Holy Week II

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. “Worthy Is the Lamb,” performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Stations of the Cross: The Fourth Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE FOURTH STATION Jesus meets his Mother. Scripture Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Luke 1:38 NLT Meditation A parent should never have to outlive a child. Those of us […]

Music for Holy Week I

For your Holy Week meditations, by Chaplain Mike. Performed by Karl Richter, Münchener Bach Orchestra and Choir. From St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244, by Johann Sebastian Bach

Stations of the Cross: The Third Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE THIRD STATION Jesus falls the first time Scripture The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment. They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn […]

My View: Genesis 1

By Chaplain Mike. My interest in the first chapters of Genesis began to blossom when I was in seminary, studying under Dr. John Sailhamer. Over the years, I have come back to it again and again. My understanding has grown and been refined each time I’ve taken it up. It saddens me that Genesis 1 […]

Stations of the Cross: The Second Station

A Series for Holy Week. Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations. THE SECOND STATION Jesus carries his cross Scripture So they took Jesus and led him away. Carrying the cross by himself, Jesus went to the place called Skull Hill (in Hebrew, Golgotha). John 19:17, NLT

Stations of the Cross: The First Station

A Series for Holy Week Thanks to Jeff Dunn for leading us in these meditations THE FIRST STATION Jesus is condemned to die Scripture The governor asked, “Which of these two do you want me to pardon?” They said, “Barabbas!” “Then what shall I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?” They all shouted, “Nail him […]