September 23, 2014

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.

In Love’s Service Only Wounded Soldiers Can Serve: A New Yorker’s Reflections on 9/11

Guest Post by R-J Heijmen Note from CM: Mockingbird is one of the finest, most interesting blogs you will read on the web right now. Their ministry is located in Charlottesville, VA, but for the first three years of operations, their offices were at Calvary Episcopal Church in New York City. As I was thinking […]

I Still Struggle to Speak of 9/11

By Chaplain Mike On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, I ate breakfast with the pastor with whom I used to work as an associate. We met at our favorite restaurant, the one we used to joke about as a “second office” for people in our church. When I was on the church staff, it was […]

9/11 — Reflections on Disappointing Reactions

Note from CM: Regular iMonk readers will recognize the voice of Eagle, one of the faithful members of our online discussion community. Eagle says he is an agnostic, and he has certainly been through the wringer when it comes to negative experiences with religious types, including the “fundagelicals.” We love having him here. He keeps […]

How Did 9/11 Affect Christian Faith in the U.S.?

By Chaplain Mike As the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 approaches, I have been reading articles that discuss how this event has affected the church and people of faith in the U.S. What do you think? In general, do you think there have been any significant changes in perspective about the faith here in […]

Beautiful Music at Ground Zero

By Chaplain Mike At historic Trinity Church in Manhattan, daily prayers for peace have been offered since the days following 9/11. This week, to mark the tenth anniversary, they will turn to the music of J.S. Bach to provide comfort for those commemorating the sad events of that day. The New York Times story reporting […]

A Hymn for Ordinary Time (11): A Song of Peace

By Chaplain Mike As we look forward to our week of remembering 9/11, I offer the following hymn of peace for your meditation today. This words of the first two stanzas to this hymn, which is sung to the melody of Finlandia, were written by Lloyd Stone in the years between World War I and […]

Open Mic: No Prayers at the 9/11 Memorial Observance

By Chaplain Mike Have you read reports about the controversy concerning the ceremony of remembrance at the Sept. 11 Memorial dedication next week? No Christian clergy or leaders of other faiths will participate and no formal prayers will be offered. Some in the church and in our culture think that is wrong. Others agree with […]

That Great 70′s Sound Lives!

By Chaplain Mike Some of my favorite music of all time came out of the “Laurel Canyon” folk-rock movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, with artists like Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Here’s one of my NEW favorite bands that hearkens back to that sound. This […]

The Order of Christian Worship

By Chaplain Mike And on the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together to one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits; then, when the reader has ceased, the president verbally instructs, and exhorts to […]

R. C. Sproul Jr. Says, “Take Off the Gloves”

By Chaplain Mike NOTE: As many readers have pointed out, the column at Ligonier was written by R.C. Sproul, Jr., not his father. Forgive my sloppy reading. I still find the fact that this was posted on the Ligonier website encouraging. * * * I have always liked R.C. Sproul and benefited from Ligonier Ministry […]