February 10, 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.

Why Is the Gospel of John so Different?

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Six:  — Why Is the Gospel of John so Different? • • • “The last of the four Gospels appears among the rest in a manner reminiscent of the appearance of Melchizedek to Abraham: “without father, without mother, without genealogy” (Heb. 7:3). Everything […]

Midweek Tidbits (6/13/12)

1. So, I go to Christian Post, and John Piper’s message this week is, “Did the Death of Jesus Accomplish Anything for the Non-Elect?” He begins by saying,“It’s amazing how frequently that question is coming up recently.” Really? What world are these people living in? 2. The more I think about the upcoming presidential election, […]

Another Look: Making Music in the Midst of Chaos

Note from CM: I just realized it has been twenty years since the events in this account took place. To me, what you are about to read is one of the most remarkable stories of my lifetime. As I re-tell this tale of imaginative grace today, may it fill you with wonder as you read […]

Getting the Point

Shaking hands at the door of the sanctuary after the service, the pastor noticed frowns on several of his parishioners’ faces. “I don’t know, pastor,” one man said, pointing an accusing finger at him. “If I were you I’d take a look at Romans 2:1.” When all had gone home for Sunday dinner and he […]

IM Book Review: Knowing Darkness

Knowing Darkness: Reflections on Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God by Addison Hodges Hart Eerdmans, 2009 * * * “In other words, conventional piety is fine so far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far at all in making sense of the larger mystery enveloping our existence — it has significant limitations where ‘explaining’ […]

A Prayer of Martin Luther

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it. I am weak in the faith; strengthen me. I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor. I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt […]

Signs you may have hit the wall…

You’ve been driving for work so much that you can’t see out the rear window of your car because of all the empty fast-food bags piled up in the back seat. You dream about work…in detail…every night. You are praying more and more passionately. But all your prayers are imprecations aimed at other drivers around you. […]

Sermon: Jesus, the Stronger Man (Mark 3:20-27)

JESUS, THE STRONGER MAN Sermon by Chaplain Mike Preached June 10, 2012 * * * This past week marked the 68th anniversary of D-Day, which took place on June 6, 1944. It was on that day that the Allied forces invaded Europe by crossing the English Channel and landing on the beaches of Normandy. It […]

God Visits and Saves His People (Luke – 2)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Five:  — God Visits and Saves His People (Luke-2) • • • We continue our overview of Luke’s Gospel. The Structure of Luke Luke is the longest book in the NT. However, the overall structure of the book is simple and clear. It […]

God Visits and Saves His People (Luke – 1)

First Things First Restoring the Gospel to Primacy in the Church Part Five:  — God Visits and Saves His People (Luke-1) • • • Jesus-shaped Christianity will grow out of the soil of a Story-shaped Gospel. The more we immerse ourselves in the Story and get to know the Gospels, the greater the impact the […]