October 24, 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.

iMonk Classic: On Re-Baptism

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Series from Sept, 2008 Note from CM: A reader wrote me this week and asked about whether she should be re-baptized. After being baptized as an infant, she grew up in a nominal Catholic home, came “back to God” (her words) as an adult, and now the church she […]

Fantasy Friday Night Dinner Party

It is an old way to talk about the people and topics we find most interesting… You are having a dinner party for four, including yourself. If you could invite anyone else in the world, living today, who would you ask to join you at the table? Why would you ask those particular people? What […]

Wild Things I Cannot Control

I was reading through some old files the other day, and I came across a NYT column by David Brooks about the film, “Where the Wild Things Are.” I remember enjoying the film; his commentary on it prompted my thinking and imagination even more. For Brooks, the movie shines light on the matter of personal […]

A Day at Work in the Great Hall

Yesterday, this Caucasian, American, Midwestern Lutheran who grew up a Methodist, who had a spiritual awakening in a Southern Baptist church, who went to a non-denominational Bible college and an Evangelical Free Church seminary, who served as a pastor in American Baptist, Bible, and Community churches, went to work. I spoke to a gay colleague. […]

Here’s a strange . . .

I would prefer not to do the “pile on crazy Pat Robertson” thing here today, though some of it is inevitable in the light of the following clip. I have heard Pat say some remarkable things over the years, but this is jaw-droppingly surprising to me. What do you make of it?

Some Enchanted Evening

Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (10) Update: edited with some added content commenting on the deliberately ambiguous portrayal of Boaz and Ruth’s encounter. Did she, or didn’t she? • • • Sex! Sex!! Sex!!! There. Do I have your attention? Few things keep us on the edge of our seats like […]

George, Mildred and the Thin Places

The three of us sat together and talked, as we had many times before — the old WWII vet, his daughter, his son, and me their pastor. They had designated me such, ever since I had been hospice chaplain for his wife and their mother Mildred, a lovely woman with Alzheimer’s disease. Upon occasion, when […]

Always a Neighbor

A friend of mine told me of an experience he had recently. He was feeling quite sick one day, and so he went to the clinic for what turned out to be an upper respiratory infection. He couldn’t see the regular doctor, who was booked up, so the office staff set him up with another. […]

Goodbye to a Friend

Goodbye to a Friend I said goodbye to a friend today. He lay in front of a room of friends. Draped over the front of his casket, two baseball jerseys — Reds and Yankees, And his favorite coffee cup sat upon his Bible next to them. A deck of cards had been placed near his […]

Kindle Counsel?

By Chaplain Mike Last week I received a thoughtful, unexpected gift — a Kindle reader! I haven’t done too much yet — read the quick-start guide, downloaded a couple of books, browsed through them a little bit, transferred previous purchases that I had read on my iPod Touch. The Kindle won’t replace my books, but […]