October 24, 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.

Creation, Tabernacle, and New Creation

“At this small, lonely place in the midst of the chaos of the wilderness, a new creation comes into being. In the midst of disorder, there is order. The tabernacle is the world order as God intended writ small in Israel.” – Terence Fretheim, Exodus (Interpretation Commentary) * * * As Walter Brueggemann observes in […]

Guest Book Review: Miguel Discusses “Broken”

Broken: 7 ”Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk Concordia Publishing House (2012) Reviewed by Miguel Ruiz * * * Broken: 7 “Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk is a spirited romp through the circus of American Christianity […]

A Note to Newcomers

I have noticed that we’ve been getting quite a few new readers and commenters over the past couple of months, so it’s probably the right time to do an iMonk 101 post restating who we are and what we are all about here at the strange and wonderful world that is the Internet Monk blog. […]

Redefining “Persecution”

Good words from Rachel Held Evans on the myth that Christians are being persecuted today in the United States: There are indeed Christians being persecuted around the world. There are Christians who break the law by gathering together for church, Christians whose family members have been executed for their beliefs, Christians who have been imprisoned […]

The Font and the Tiny Casket

Baptism of Our Lord Sunday January 13, 2013 Recently, in my role as a hospice chaplain, I baptized a beautiful little three-month old baby girl, as she was being held in the arms of her mother in their home. The baby was terminally ill, and few days later she went to heaven. When I baptized […]

Ten Songs that Moved Me in 2012

I did not do a “Best Albums” list for 2012 this year. 2012 was not a banner year for me with regard to listening to music, for several reasons: Limited funds, Limited time to explore and listen to new music, See point #1. In addition, there was only one record I was eagerly looking forward […]

Church Renewal Remix

In the light of Jeff’s passionate post yesterday, let’s take a look at what someone else is saying about the future of the American church (with a focus on Protestant groups). Over at sowhatfaith.com, the blog of Greg Smith, there is a ten-part series called “The Future Church (v. 2020) – 10 Shifts.”  Smith describes […]

Genesis for Normal People

Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversial, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible by Peter Enns and Jared Byas Patheos Press (2012) * * * According to its authors, Genesis for Normal People is designed for “normal people…who are curious about the Bible and want to get a handle on what […]

The First Story of Israel (Gen. 2-3)

* * * Genesis 2 is not another version of the creation of the cosmos. It shifts the focus to the story of Israel. – Peter Enns, Jared Byas, Genesis for Normal People Let me tell you a story. God prepared a good land, a land of abundance and promise. He formed a people and […]

A Few Thoughts from Friends

Browsing around last night, I found several thoughts too good not to share. * * * Michael Newnham at Phoenix Preacher — “Things I Think” America could completely collapse and even cease to exist and Jesus still might not be at the door. The Christian era has seen the collapse of a few empires. Jesus prayed for […]