May 24, 2015

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.

Allen Krell on “Unitarian Christianity”

At Allen Krell’s blog, our friend has outlined a direction with respect to what he will write about in 2012. I asked Allen if he would share his thoughts with the Internet Monk community, and he graciously sent me the following post. It describes his current perspective on the evangelical movement he has left behind. […]

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part one Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Today, we begin walking through a new book by John Polkinghorne on the Bible. I believe this will give us a unique vantage point from which to consider the Scriptures? Why? — because Polkinghorne […]

Daniel Jepsen on “How I became Non-Political”

I see the presidential election season is heating up.  Soon, it will be a two-man race, Obama versus a candidate to be named later. I find I care less each election cycle. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still vote, and I do so after a good deal of reading about the candidate’s positions.  But […]

Hate Religion? Love Jesus?

Jefferson Bethke has certainly received a lot of attention for his video, “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus, which went viral on YouTube last week (over 10 million views). In it, he raps a poem expressing a common evangelical perspective: Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. In fact, Jesus came to abolish […]

A Letter for the Church Today

A Letter for the Church Today (1) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 For the next six Sundays, I will do a series on chapters 10-13 from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. That sentence raises a question: Why pick out part of an epistle and study just that section? Here’s my answer, to be […]

The Best Responses to the Driscolls and Youngs

By far, the most thoughtful and thorough response to all the “sex” hubbub raised by the Driscolls and Youngs and their recent books and publicity stunts comes from Matthew Lee Anderson. I became aware of his analysis when I read the article, “The Trouble with Ed Young’s Rooftop Sexperiment,” at Christianity Today. I encourage you […]

God’s “Winning” Team

Jeff’s post about Tim Tebow started me thinking the other day. What does Jesus’ team look like and what is their record in big games? So I looked it up, and here’s what I found… JESUS’ TEAM OF “WINNERS” Peter “The Rock” was executed around AD64 during the persecutions of Emperor Nero, or later in […]

Lee Adams on the Future of the American Church (1)

Lee Adams is a regular reader and commenter here on Internet Monk. He blogs at Homilies, Prayers, and Bread for the Journey, and has recently done a series on the future of the American church. I asked Lee if we could share his articles here on IM, and he graciously agreed. We will run one […]

IM Book Review: Simply Jesus

IM Book Review Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright, HarperOne • • • “It is time, I believe, to recognize not only who Jesus was in his own day, despite his contemporaries’ failure to recognize him, but also who he is, and […]

Virtue and the Limits of Vulnerability

I received some thoughtful mail as a result of my response to Mark Driscoll’s book on marriage. Here is one of the best examples: Dear Chaplain Mike, I have just finished reading your post Top of My “Don’t Read” List. In it you mention that American culture has a strong “therapeutic ethos” and that this […]