January 28, 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.

The Anguished Seriousness of Advent

Monday Merton Musings, November 28, 2011 The Anguished Seriousness of Advent Today, we hear some of Thomas Merton’s thoughts on the Advent season. The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge. Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance. Therefore, too, we must remember […]

New Missal Introduced — What Do You Think?

Today, on this first Sunday in Advent, the traditional beginning of the Church Year, the Roman Catholic Church began using a new Missal in the mass. Priests have been preparing congregations throughout the autumn months for the introduction of the new mass translation. Catholic News Agency has had a website available that contains a number […]

Advent I: What Fruit Remains

First Sunday of Advent November 27, 2011 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37 Prayer of the Day Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection waken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you […]

Does the Bible Have the Answers for Our Money Problems?

“The Bible is literally filled with advice on how to get out of debt, how to stay out of debt, how to prosper, how to have financial stability, and how to save and spend.” (Rick Warren) • • • These days, Warren is just one of the more prominent pastors leading his congregation to think […]

Finding Ourselves in Jesus

Finding Ourselves in Jesus Why We Observe the Christian Year • • • During this Advent season, I will be using Walter Wangerin Jr.’s book, Preparing for Jesus, for daily readings to prepare my heart for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. As I was looking at it the other day, I was taken immediately by […]

Five Days of Thanksgiving (4)

For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. – For the Beauty of the Earth, Pierpoint . . . ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies, […]

I’m Dreaming of a Fight This Christmas…

The rumble you hear in the distance is the sound of heavy artillery. The Christmas Wars have begun. The advertisement accompanying today’s post is from the American Humanist Association. These will run on buses, billboards and in newspapers. This is AHA’s third consecutive holiday public awareness campaign to bring attention to discrimination against nonbelievers in […]

Five Days of Thanksgiving (3)

NOTE: We have not had a lot of comments on these posts, nevertheless I hope they are encouraging to you and helping you give voice to your own expressions of thanks. Please feel welcome to share some of those expressions in the comments if you are moved to do so. • • • A quiet […]

Missed: A Perfect Opportunity

This is not personal. I do not know the pastor involved and I don’t want to cast any aspersions on him as a minister. Everyone has bad days, and perhaps this was one of his. All I know is that, IMHO, he completely missed something as he preached on Sunday that was as obvious as the […]

Five Days of Thanksgiving (2)

A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God at that moment. • True Spirituality, Francis Schaeffer • • • Today, we continue our five days of thanksgiving by asking God to quiet our hearts and enable us to give thanks for […]