November 22, 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.

Reformation 500: What I Like about Lutheran Baptism

What I Like about Lutheran Baptism I had the privilege of baptizing two little girls this morning, and it reminded me that one of the stumbling blocks I had to get over as a post-evangelical was the issue of baptism. For most of my pastoral career I was a credo-baptist, that is, I practiced “believer’s baptism,” […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: October 21, 2017

THE INTERNET MONK SATURDAY BRUNCH ”It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” Thanks, Cubbies… The Chicago Cubs lost the final game of the National League Championship Series Thursday night to the LA […]

Reformation 500: Christ Present in Faith

May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. • 2 Peter 1:2-3 • • • To follow up on yesterday’s post, […]

Reformation 500: Luther vs. the Protestants

Indeed, the most serious challenges in Luther’s theology may be to the Protestant tradition. • Phillip Cary • • • In this month of commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, you would do well to check out the interesting article at First Things by Phillip Cary, Scholar-in-Residence at the Templeton Honors […]

The Bible: An Ongoing Dialogue

In short, the very creation of Scripture stemmed from an ongoing dialogue between God and God’s people, and of God’s people with one another, as they sought to know God and God’s workings in the world and faithfully to respond to God’s call. • Karl Allen Kuhn. Having Words With God: The Bible As Conversation […]

18th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) Craig Smith comments on todays cantata, Gott soll allein mein Herze haben (God shall have my heart, BWV 169). After the first two cantata cycles in Leipzig, Bach became discouraged with the level of players and singers at his disposal. More and more frequently he wrote prominent parts in his […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (conclusion)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Seventeen (conclusion): The Last Thing to Say to Friends • • • Philippians 4:10-23, JB Phillips NT It has been a great joy to me that after all this time you have shown such interest in my welfare. I don’t mean that you had forgotten me, […]

Gethsemani Impressions 2017

Gethsemani Impressions 2017 Here are some pictures from my recent weekend at the Abbey of Gethsemani. I did some experimenting with the art filters on my Olympus Pen-F, and ended up with this collection of images that evoke some of the peace and mystery of the place. I hope you’ll enjoy. Click on each picture […]

Reformation 500: Ten Things I Love about Luther

Reformation 500 Ten Things I Love about Luther Ultimately, there was one thing that first got my attention about the Lutheran way and began drawing me toward it — I fell in love with Martin Luther. Of all my spiritual “heroes” or “mentors” from church history, he stands tallest. Few before or since ever stood […]

17th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) Another wonderful cantata of praise is on today’s menu: BWV 148 – “Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens” (Bring to the Lord the honor due His name). Bring to the Lord the honor due His name Worship the Lord in holy splendor. (Ps. 29:2) Craig Smith describes the brilliant […]