December 13, 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.

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 […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (16)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Sixteen: Friends Helping Friends • • • Philippians 4:2-9, JB Phillips NT Euodius and Syntyche I beg you by name to make up your differences as Christians should! And, my true fellow-worker help these women. They both worked hard with me for the Gospel, as did […]

Reformation 500: How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (3)

Note from CM: It is October 2017, and many of our posts this month will be about the Reformation. This year marks 500 years since Luther’s 95 Theses, and we will do our best to look at the subsequent world-changing events and movements from as many perspectives as possible. We begin with my own personal […]

Reformation 500: How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (2)

Note from CM: It is October 2017, and many of our posts this month will be about the Reformation. This year marks 500 years since Luther’s 95 Theses, and we will do our best to look at the subsequent world-changing events and movements from as many perspectives as possible. We begin with my own personal […]

Reformation 500: How the Lutheran Tradition Answers Many Post-Evangelical Concerns (1)

Note from CM: It is October 2017, and many of our posts this month will be about the Reformation. This year marks 500 years since Luther’s 95 Theses, and we will do our best to look at the subsequent world-changing events and movements from as many perspectives as possible. We begin with my own personal […]

16th Sunday after Trinity: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture for larger image) The Gospel text about Jesus raising to life the son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17) gave J.S. Bach the opportunity to write four cantatas on the theme of welcoming death as the path toward being raised into the presence of the Savior. BWV 95, “Christus, der is […]

The IM Saturday Brunch: September 30, 2017

This weekend I am cloistering myself away at Gethsemani Abbey for silence, prayer, photography (another form of prayer), and writing. That means the table is yours this Saturday morning. Welcome to our Open Table edition of the brunch! Think of it as a pot-luck, or as they say in Indiana, a pitch-in. That means you bring […]

Ordinary Time Bible Study: Philippians — Friends in the Gospel (15)

Ordinary Time Bible Study Philippians: Friends in the Gospel Study Fifteen: I’m a citizen of heaven, but heaven is not my home • • • Philippians 3:17-4:1, The Kingdom NT So, my dear family, I want you, all together, to watch what I do and copy me. You’ve got us as a pattern of behavior; pay […]