August 1, 2015

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.

We Don’t Advertise Our Spiritual Experiences

A Letter for the Church Today (5) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 Nothing sells like religious experience. Currently, the number one book on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestsellers list is Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, the story of a child who […]

The Arithmetic of Grace

The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty […]

The Church as Noah’s Ark

A Moment with Frederick Buechner “The Church as Noah’s Ark” NAVE The nave is the central part of the church from the main front to the chancel. It’s the part where the laity sit and in great Gothic churches is sometimes separated from the choir and clergy by a screen. It takes its name from […]

a fleeting thought…

friday, february 10, 2012 we wrangle about the end of the world and its beginning too but when YHWH comes in the whirlwind shut up, we haven’t a clue

Discernment and Decision Making in the Call to Ministry

As I make my way through the process of ordination in my denomination, I have been asked to do some reading about vocation and calling in preparation for various meetings. The following is from a small book given to ministerial candidates called, “What Shall I Say? Discerning God’s Call to Ministry.” These paragraphs describe one […]

Must Read: Men’s Responses to Piper at Rachel Held Evans

In the light of John Piper’s recent assertion that “God gave Christianity a masculine feel,” our friend Rachel Held Evans challenged men to respond by sending her posts that celebrate women and their full equality and partnership in the Church. Rachel published the results today, in “God Is Not Ashamed” – Our Brothers Speak Out”. […]

a fleeting thought…

wednesday, february 8, 2012 i drove awhile under the orange glow of urban night it made me wonder… what will become of a world in which children have never seen the stars?

The Coffee Cups

The night was long, his sleep restless. Two or three times he reached across the bed to feel her warmth. He reached and reached. Once, her absence bothered him so much he got up, put on his robe and walked downstairs. He sat in his chair and listened to himself breathe. An occasional car drove […]

a fleeting thought…

tuesday, february 7, 2012 i drove through the drive-thru, like you do the girl smiled and said, “have a wonderful day” and i said, “do you really mean that, or are you just toying with my heart?”

Ambiguity in Scripture

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part four Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • To my ears, one of the most bizarre and troubling passages in the Hebrew Bible describes the “bitter water” ritual (Numbers 5:11-31). This ceremony was to be used when a man suspected his pregnant […]