July 5, 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.

We Care about Different Credentials

A Letter for the Church Today (4) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 2 Corinthians 11 is one of the most important chapters about ministry in the New Testament. In addition, it reveals information about the Apostle Paul — details about his work and sufferings — that is not recorded anywhere else. It is significant […]

Another Look: Choose Joy

Originally posted in February 2010 NOTE FROM CM: On this week of Super Bowl activities here in Indianapolis, we’ve been featuring posts with a sports theme. One sportsperson that impressed me many years ago was Tim Hansel (1941-2009) — not because of his accomplishments, but because of the way he faced his sufferings. This re-post […]

The Event that Formed Our Family

God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House Part 2: The Event that Formed Our Family Throughout 2012, we are running a series of posts on Diarmaid MacCulloch’s marvelous, massive, and messy history of the faith, Christianity. The nature of his book reflects the nature of our household. We are a motley bunch and always have been. Nevertheless, […]

An Inside Look at Sports and Faith

Tom Rust is a friend of mine who loves Jesus and loves sports. Twenty years ago, he found a way to unite his two loves when he became the host of a syndicated radio program called Face to Face. Here is a description of the program from their website: “Face to Face” is a radio […]

D.A. Carson on Genesis 1-2 and Science

One of the teachers I respect most in the Church is Dr. D.A. Carson from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Don was one of my primary NT professors when I was in seminary and he spoke at my installation service when I became pastor of a church in Waukegan, IL. One of my most satisfying moments […]

A Truth so Deep that Only Story can Convey It

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part three Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Any discussion on the relationship of science and Scripture must deal with the Bible’s first chapters and their accounts of origins. John Polkinghorne, an Anglican priest who is also a renowned physicist, gives his […]

Recommended: St. Olaf Choir

Last night, we attended another special event, this one unrelated to Super Bowl week. Seventeen of us from our choir traveled to the north side of Indy to St. Luke’s Methodist Church to hear the St. Olaf Choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Choral music is one of the greatest helps to meditation […]

Another Look: It’s Holy Week in America

Originally published January, 2010. In this re-posting, I did not change references to the times or events happening at that time. Scot McKnight discussed this over at Jesus Creed as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. • • • MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed […]

Super Bowl Week on Internet Monk

Since it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have the Super Bowl in the town where I live, I thought we’d give some time to the subject this week, along with reflections on sports in American culture and their relationship to faith and practice. Right now, after spending most of the weekend downtown, I confess […]

Kindness Is Next to Holiness

A Moment with Frederick Buechner “Kindness is next to holiness” Children that we are, even you and I, who have given up so little, know in our hearts not only that it is more blessed to give than to receive, but it is also more fun. The kind of holy fun that wells up like […]