October 9, 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.

Game or Practice?

I have many friends in local baseball community. Many of them go to church. Some of them find it boring. I’ve had several conversations with a acquaintance who goes to the Roman Catholic Church. He did not grow up Catholic, but his wife did, and they agreed to participate in the congregation as a family, […]

Palm Sunday 2012

John 12:12-16 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord– the King of Israel!” Jesus found a […]

Leithart on “The Persistent Marginalization of the Eucharist”

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Leithart on “The Persistent Marginalization of the Eucharist” “When the Sign seals the Word, the church becomes a communion of martyrs ready to bear the cross because they have consumed the cross.” • Peter Leithart, “Do This” (First Things) • • • Readers and emailers have brought Peter […]

Lenten Prayer Services: A Temple in the Wilderness

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Lenten Prayer Services: A Temple in the Wilderness During Lent, I’ve had the privilege of leading prayer services at our church on Wed. evenings. Our pastor asked my wife and I to do this, using mostly contemporary music accompanied by piano and guitar. Each week I put a […]

I Know It’s Not for Everyone, but I’ve Found an Oasis in the Mainline

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness I Know It’s Not for Everyone, but I’ve Found an Oasis in a Mainline Church In other essays here on Internet Monk, I have described my own journey through the post-evangelical wilderness. I grew up in a mainline church (United Methodist), but most of my spiritual journey has […]

Sights along the Road…(3/25/12)

If we’re going to hit the road, we have to find a place to stay, right? Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of the same ol’ same ol’ when it comes to motels and hotels. So today as we review some of the good stuff I’ve been reading and thinking about on […]

IM Book Review: How God Became King

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright, HarperOne/2012 • • • N.T. Wright continues his work of laying a foundation for what I believe will become the standard evangelical theology of the next generation. Yes, I think his work is that important. A key part of that work is […]

An Open Forum for New Commenters

This is long overdue. For awhile, I’ve wanted to give opportunity for people who have never commented on Internet Monk to join the conversation. So, today, the mic is yours. Welcome! Perhaps you have been reading Internet Monk for years but have not added your two cents’ worth, for one reason or another. If you’ve […]

Sights along the Road… (3/18/12)

O Canada! Your collection of roadside attractions is simply amazing. So this Sunday, we’re taking a drive up into the north lands for our Sights along the Road post. Michael Bell is our Internet Monk expert on all things Canadian, and we will highlight something he sent me in the spirit of coming Easter at […]

More Tired Rhetoric

This week Al Mohler threw another stone in the direction of those who don’t read the early chapters of Genesis in literalistic fashion like he and other creationists do. In Mohler’s message, “The Challenges We Face: A New Generation of Gospel Ministers Looks to the Future,” the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary brings […]