May 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.

More of Richard Beck on Tribes: Liberalism is Loneliness

Richard Beck recently posted another in his excellent series of posts on how liberal or progressive types move, by nature, beyond tribal affiliations and thus lose something very important that they long for but cannot find. The heart of the matter, as I wrote about two weeks ago, is how Western liberalism dissolves traditional and […]

Another Look: The Great Divide

To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. – Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin • • • I did a couple of talks at my church some time ago, discussing my transition from evangelicalism to the Lutheran tradition. As I talked, words from several […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (6)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. After a recent break, we are now getting back […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (2)

This is the promise of Genesis 1. The darkness is limited by the light. Suffering is not in perpetuity. The light may take generations to come, but it will come. There is always hope. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very […]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: April 14, 2018

STILL WAITIN’ FOR REAL SPRING EDITION I hate to talk about the weather all the time, but this has been a doozy of a spring. Yesterday and today, it finally felt like we’d turned a corner here in central Indiana, with temperatures up in the 70s. However, by Monday they’re calling for snow flurries again […]

A Crazy, Holy Grace

A crazy, holy grace I have called it. Crazy because whoever could have predicted it? Who can ever foresee the crazy how and when and where of a grace that wells up out of the lostness and pain of the world and of our own inner worlds? And holy because these moments of grace come […]

Bad Press: The Circus Goes On

Christians, we can’t hide any more. In this day when there are few secrets, and what secrets there may be are only one social media post away from the light of day, it’s time for Christians, churches, and Christian organizations to get their act together. Forget the mostly bogus complaints about “persecution” and loss of […]

On Resurrection and Eternal Life (5)

Note from CM: As a hospice chaplain, my work revolves around supporting the dying and their families. I officiate many funerals. I deal with questions about death and what happens after people die. I am asked regularly about mysteries beyond our human experience in this life. We’ve had a break for some time, but it’s […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (1)

Shalom is the stuff of the Kingdom. It’s what the Kingdom of God looks like in context. It’s what citizenship in the Kingdom of God requires and what the Kingdom promises to those who choose God and God’s ways to peace. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we will hear […]

The Saturday Monks Brunch: April 7, 2018

MICHAEL SPENCER MEMORIAL EDITION Michael Spencer left us eight years ago, on April 5, 2010. We miss him greatly, and want to honor his legacy today. So, we devote this week’s Brunch to Michael, the original Internet Monk. ✢ ✢ ✢ THE VOICE OF THE INTERNET MONK… Let’s start by hearing the voice of the […]