October 21, 2017

Chapter Two Continued: Work

(This is the third in a series of articles on the Christian life.  The other two can be found here and here.) There is an old and persistent heresy.  It involves separating the earthly from the godly, the material from the spiritual.  Gnostics, Cathars, and others have fallen into the error of equating material things […]

Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike The man’s tears were unsettling. There is something about a man crying uncontrollably that shakes me. His dying wife was in the bed across the room, speaking occasionally, but mostly lying with eyes closed, comfortable but waning. He cried for her. He cried for himself. He cried for the fact that he […]

Hey Look!

By Chaplain Mike October 13, 2010 Southeast side of Indianapolis, IN You sent abundant rain, O God, To refresh the weary land. (Psalm 68:9, NLT)

What he said to them, and how she answered

By Chaplain Mike As the young couple stood before the minister, dressed in wedding finery, room filled with well-wishers, a life stretched out before them, this is what he said to them. “A reading from 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does […]

The Myth of Independence

By Chaplain Mike “When God blesses us, He almost always does it through other people.” â–ª Gene Edward Veith STOP. Think for a moment about what made it possible for you to read that sentence. First of all, you had to be here, which means at some point in time, you were born. This happened, […]

A Favorite Hymn: “This Is My Father’s World”

By Chaplain Mike Ever since I was a child, one of my favorite hymns has been, “This Is My Father’s World“, by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock. I’m sure what first caught my attention was its lovely melody, which is said to have been adapted from an English folk tune by Franklin L. Sheppard. This hymn […]

Small Victories

By Chaplain Mike This is a shameless advertisement for a friend, to whom I have alluded many times on iMonk. Several years ago, one of the transforming experiences of my life took place when, by God’s grace, I was allowed to walk with a family through the terminal illness and death of their son. Daniel […]

“This SA Meeting Is Now in Session”

By Chaplain Mike Hi, my name is Mike, and I am a recovering separatist. [Hi, Mike!] It all started when I trusted Christ at the end of my senior year in high school. Conversion to me was like rounding a bend in the highway and driving straight into a blinding sun so bright that it […]

Calvin on Loving Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike As I have been thinking and reading about the doctrine of Vocation lately, it struck me that one of the foundations this teaching is built upon is the theology of common grace. One group of Christians that has thought (and battled!) about common grace are the Calvinists. In fact, debates and conflicts […]

Redefining Greatness

By Chaplain Mike The older I get, the more my definition of “greatness” changes. For many of us who grew up in the age of mass media, great has often equaled “famous” in our minds. The great are those with public celebrity. Whose faces are seen in print and on screen. Whose words are captured […]