December 3, 2016

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.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigning

Breaking news from Martha of Ireland: Breaking news – and yes, shocking news (for those of us who are Catholics): the Pope is resigning. I’m flabbergasted, so I have nothing helpful to say. The last time this happened was in the year 1295*, so no-one really knows what will happen next or what it will […]

Have You No Shame?

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien IVP Books (2012) Part Three of a series. “In fact, the entire issue of honor and shame over against right and wrong (innocence and guilt) is a bit of a mystery to us. As […]

A Transfiguration Thought Experiment

This morning the pastor asked us to do a “thought experiment” with regard to the story of the Transfiguration. I thought I’d include you and give you a chance to discuss it. The text from Luke reads: “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered […]

Vicarage Available!

The parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Andrew’s in the Chelmsford Diocese of the Church of England have been having a hard time filling their pastoral vacancy. So they put together this short video describing the charms of their setting. Charming indeed!

What Did the Transfiguration Mean to Jesus?

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” – Luke 9:29, NRSV What did the Transfiguration mean to Jesus? Often, when we approach Bible stories like this we ask what the event being portrayed means to us, and for us. We would do well to remember […]

Frank Schaeffer: Progressive Christianity is Broken Too

Frank Schaeffer has been an outspoken critic (to say the least) of the Christian Right since he left the movement many years ago. He found a spiritual home in Orthodoxy, and blogs at “Why I Still Talk to Jesus — In Spite of Everything.” In a recent blog post, he widened his critique of evangelical Christianity […]

Scot McKnight on Zealotry

Our friend Scot McKnight gave permission for us to piggy-back on his discussion from yesterday on the subject of zealotry. In the following excerpt from his post on Jesus Creed, Scot describes what Christian zealotry is and what it does, and he contrasts this approach with those who walk in genuine freedom in Christ. He […]

Ridiculous Religiosity

I am going to go on record here: that this pastor was compelled to apologize represents his denomination’s ridiculous religiosity and their complete failure to understand and practice love of neighbor. From Reuters: “Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre” A Connecticut Lutheran pastor has apologized for participating in an interfaith prayer […]

“A Hope for Some Glory Other than a Crown of Thorns”

As part of my studies, I am trying to wrap my mind around Alan E. Lewis’s fine book, Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday. You will be hearing much more about this book in days to come as we move through the Lenten season and Holy Week. For today, I will share […]

Latest Blog Rankings

UPDATE: I inadvertently copied and pasted an old listing of blog rankings. Here is the most current one. See if it changes any of your perceptions or observations: # Name Author AR CV PR GR HA RD 1 Between Two Worlds Justin Taylor 35,179 148,688 5 5,687 79 788 2 Jesus Creed Scot McKnight 7,035 […]