January 31, 2015

Open Mic: Is Church Optional?

Today’s Open Mic question is presented by Chaplain Mike. I read a message by Rick Warren on Christian Post today about belonging to the church. It got me thinking about the nature of the relationship that exists between evangelicals and the church. Let’s talk about it. Warren’s thesis is: “When we’re called to follow Christ; […]

Responding to the problem of pain – A new look at Job

If you thought that three Michael’s on this blog was confusing, the following post is written by Michael Powell (a Pastor of Michael Bell), edited by Michael Bell, posted by Michael Mercer, on this blog owned by Michael Spencer. A wise person once wrote the following lyrics in a song called Suffer: “All that you […]

Choose Joy

Today’s post is by Chaplain Mike. Tim Hansel was a strong, risk-taking, all-out-effort kind of guy. He climbed mountains and led wilderness expeditions. One day, on the way back to camp after climbing on the Palisade Glacier with friends, his foot slipped and he fell a long distance down into a crevasse, landing directly on […]

A Prayer of Martin Luther

Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled. My Lord, fill it. I am weak in the faith; strengthen me. I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent, that my love may go out to my neighbor. I do not have a strong and firm faith; at times I doubt […]

Practice Resurrection, part one

Today’s post is by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. Here on Internet Monk, Michael has made no secret of the fact that he is a huge fan of pastor, author, and professor Eugene Peterson. And I am right there with him in my admiration of Peterson’s writings. If you would like to go back and read […]

Instructed Anglican Eucharist

From our friends at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, FL, here is another of their excellent teaching videos. In this one, Father Michael Petty leads a class on the meaning of the Eucharist in the Anglican liturgy. St. Peter’s also makes notes available to use while watching. Download notes here. (MOD: With regard to […]

Redeeming a Dirty Word

Today’s post is by guest blogger, Chaplain Mike Those of you with sensitive ears, cover them for a moment. I’m about to utter a dirty word. OBLIGATION. Let me give you another one. DUTY. I confess to being partially accountable for the fact that these are dirty words to many today, for I grew up […]

It’s “Holy Week” in America

Today’s guest post is by Chaplain Mike. UPDATE: Scot McKnight is discussing this over at Jesus Creed today as well. I encourage you to check out his perspective and those of his readers. MY SPORTING LIFE I grew up fully immersed in sports. Sports were a part of almost everything I did, every friendship, most […]

Open Mic: Picking and Choosing in the Psalms

Chaplain Mike posts today’s Open Mic question on behalf of the iMonk, Michael Spencer. When I received this from Michael and was asked to post it, it reminded me that, often in my work as a hospice chaplain, I read the Psalms for my patients. However, I usually edit my readings. Why? The psalm Michael […]

Counting Blessings in the Middle of Difficulty

Today’s post is from IM First Officer Michael Bell. This past year has been a difficult one for me medically. In March I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, which for the uninformed means that I stop breathing while sleeping, for up to 90 seconds at a time, up to 60 times an hour. So […]