August 23, 2017

Another Look: A Suggested Program for the Church

By Chaplain Mike Note from CM: One of the questions I received for the “Ask Chaplain Mike” series was this: “If you were in the process of becoming a new pastor in an established church, what would your first priority be? How would you arrive at it?” The answer to that question is bigger than […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: The Grieving Process

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Question In your experience with hospice care, what is your approach to grief of those surviving the loss of a loved one? Do you think Christians tend to sugar-coat, suppress, neglect, or even ridicule the grieving process? After all, the loved one is in heaven/a better place; why should anyone be […]

Open Mic: What Is the Prosperity Gospel?

By Chaplain Mike This post might also be called: “Ask Chaplain Mike: Eagle’s Questions, part 2.” But I would like to take a different approach this time. Instead of me simply answering our friend’s question, I’d like the iMonk community to take part. In fact, Eagle himself asks for this when he writes: What exactly […]

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 […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Considering Miracles

By Chaplain Mike Today we return to our “Ask Chaplain Mike” posts. This afternoon’s inquiry comes from a friend who sets forth a question many are asking in our day. He wants to know how people in this scientific age can continue to believe in miracles. By and large, we have become people for whom […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: “A Tenuous Seat in the Mainline”

By Chaplain Mike Last week, we started a new series called, “Ask Chaplain Mike.” Readers submitted questions via email and I will continue to answer them, devoting a post or two each week to your inquiries. When I start running low on questions, I will let you know, and we will solicit more. I have […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: My Use of the English Bible

Here’s a good question from a reader that will be fun for me to answer and I hope will prompt some good discussion. I’m eager to hear your responses. Today’s Question: Tell us about your use of the English Bible.  Likes, loves, etc.  It’ll generate some comments to be sure. So the question is, “What […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Dealing with Those Who Hold Views I Used to Hold

By Chaplain Mike After this morning’s profound and personal inquiry, this afternoon I thought I’d tackle a shorter question. In some senses, it’s not any easier. I have found as a chaplain that it is sometimes easier to help people face death than it is to help them sort out life. It can get pretty […]

Ask Chaplain Mike: Dying Well

By Chaplain Mike First of all, thank you for your stimulating questions. I have received several, enough to keep us busy for a few weeks here. I will try to post an “Ask Chaplain Mike” post at least 2 or 3 times a week for the foreseeable future. As a reminder of how to get […]

Ask Chaplain Mike

By Chaplain Mike I will devote some time next week to answering your questions. Usually, I set the agenda for what we discuss because, well, because that’s my job. However, I would like to give you a turn at asking some questions, and I will do my best to answer them. Here’s the procedure: Email […]