April 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.

OK, I’m Blushing…

By Chaplain Mike Why does everything have to be an “issue” for Christians? Why do we feel the need to speak publicly about every matter under heaven? Why is so necessary to make it clear “where we stand” on everything? Can’t (shouldn’t) there be some things that we deal with quietly, privately, personally, face to […]

Ruth among the Writings

By Chaplain Mike Ordinary Time Bible Study 2011 The Book of Ruth (1) During Ordinary Time this summer, we will have a weekly Bible study on the Book of Ruth. I think this especially appropriate, for Ruth is a story about ordinary people in ordinary settings, in and through whom God did extraordinary things. For […]

Guest Post: Rachel Held Evans, “Blessed Are the Un-Cool”

Note from Chaplain Mike: Today’s guest post is from Rachel Held Evans’ blog, which is rated “iMonk Highly Recommended Reading,” and is used with her permission. Thanks, Rachel! photo © 2006 Valerie Everett | more info (via: Wylio)BLESSED ARE THE UN-COOL By Rachel Held Evans People sometimes assume that because I’m a progressive 30-year-old who […]

Trinity Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 in this bed, two lovers fumbled as they found their way and it was holy when they knelt beside this bed to pray it kept them warm through many nights of cold, elusive fear when tender sweet caresses answered softly falling tears some secrets whispered in this bed […]

Our Relational God

By Chaplain Mike This Sunday upcoming is Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as Christ’s church, […]

The Third Time, It’s a Charmer

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: We have a name. Ladies and gents, meet Veda Rae! New baby girl in the Mercer family arrived today. 5 lbs, 5 oz, all doing well. Grandpa recuperating. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully […]

Whatever Happened to . . . Bill Gothard?

By Chaplain Mike I was one of those rebellious teenagers of the “hippie” era that Bill Gothard was destined to reach. Self-indulgent, resistant to authority, in love with rock music, seeking freedom from the constraints of societal demands, I needed order, direction, and purpose in my life. Most of my companions in youth group were […]

Distressing Disguise or Distraction?

By Chaplain Mike It finally happened. A church asked Jesus to leave the sanctuary during a worship service because he was being a “distraction.” Jesus was attending Elevation Church in Matthews, NC in the distressing disguise of a little twelve year old boy with cerebral palsy named Jackson. Jackson excitedly got all dressed up for […]

James MacDonald Needs a Business Meeting

By Chaplain Mike James MacDonald and I both graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1988. He went on to become a successful pastor, author, and radio teacher. I went on to . . . well, let’s just say, a less illustrious career. So, I will leave it to you as to who has more […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Eagle’s Questions (part one)

By Chaplain Mike To me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing on Internet Monk involves getting to “meet” people from a variety of backgrounds who come here to discuss their thoughts and share their experiences. It is a conversation, and everyone is welcome. We have folks from all different Christian backgrounds, people from […]