May 4, 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.

Eagle Update: 8/19/12

From Dee at Wartburg Watch at 6pm this evening: Eagle will be discharged tomorrow on IV antibiotics and wound care to be delivered by the Visiting Nurses. He will need help with housework and meals so he is looking into getting some extra help. Please keep him in your prayers.

A Few Baseball Laughs

Since baseball has come up in our conversations the past couple of days, I thought maybe we could lighten things up a little this afternoon with a few of my favorite baseball anecdotes and quotes. I’ll start with a personal favorite. When I was a young adult living in New England, Jon Miller became the […]

Psunday Psalms: Psalms 1-2 Together

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * Psalm 2 “But I have installed My king on Zion, my holy mountain!” …Happy are all who take refuge in Him. – Psalm 2:6-9, 12, Tanakh (JPS) * * * Psalms 1-2 go together, and serve to introduce the Book of Psalms. The simplest way of […]

I Believe in the Death Penalty (in Baseball)

Warning: this post is devoid of grace. If I were Major League Baseball’s commissioner, anyone caught using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) would be banned from the game for life. Period. Last week, Melky Cabrera, the San Francisco Giants’ left fielder (the position formerly played by Barry Bonds, king of the Steroids Era), was given a fifty […]

All Spirituality Is Local

Reading Romans (2) All Spirituality Is Local “I’m longing to see you! I want to share with you some spiritual blessing to give you strength; that is, I want to encourage you, and be encouraged by you, in the faith you and I share.” – Romans 1:11-12, Kingdom NT * * * For years, I […]

The Epistles Begin with the Gospel

Reading Romans (1) The Epistles Begin with the Gospel Paul, a slave of King Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for God’s good news, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the sacred writings — the good news about his son, who was descended from David’s seed in terms of flesh, and […]

Teaching One Another: A Little Fish Story

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. * * * The other night, during my prayer time, the text was Matthew 17:24-27, a bizarre little “fish story” about Peter going fishing so he and Jesus could pay their tithes. I am going […]

James D.G. Dunn on the Importance of the New Perspective

I think the so-called “New Perspective on Paul” is of tremendous importance for a more accurate understanding of the Gospel and the teaching of the New Testament. I have always felt that way, from the my first exposure to E.P. Sanders, Krister Stendahl, and James D. G. Dunn in seminary back in the 1980s. On […]

Eagle Update: 8/13/12

Please renew your prayer efforts!   Eagle was transferred to a rehabilitation facility at the end of last week. It has not gone well. Tonight his fever had spiked again and he was having other symptoms that required him to be readmitted to the hospital. The condition of his leg remains serious. Please intercede for […]

An Invitation from John Armstrong

My friend John Armstrong has a heart that those of us from different traditions in the Church will increasingly come together to serve the world with God’s love and the Good News of the Kingdom. His ministry, ACT 3, exists to equip leaders for unity in Christ’s mission. One of John’s primary activities these days […]