July 19, 2018

Our Inadequate Grasp of “Culture”

By Chaplain Mike I hope you will join the conversation as I continue to work through James Davison Hunter’s book, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. In our first discussion, we talked through a question: If America has as many people with faith commitments as […]

Open Mic: Why So Little “Impact”?

By Chaplain Mike I am catching up with some books that I have wanted to read for some time. One is James Davidson Hunter’s, To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World, a provocative look at how we understand and call Christians to participate in the church’s […]

Is It a Church?

By Chaplain Mike Damaris sent me a link to an article that appeared in our local Indianapolis paper the other day. You can read it HERE. The title on the web-edition was, “Brownsburg Church Promotes God as an Expert on Sex.” I think the print edition ran a title something like, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll,” […]

Our Digital Life: Perils & Possibilities

By Chaplain Mike In our discussions about catechetical teaching this week, issues were raised with respect to this age of digital communication in which we now live. Greg, for example, commented, “…we are facing not just illiteracy, but an epistemology shift. Not only is generation next learning in different ways, it seems they flat do […]

Holy Week 2011

By Chaplain Mike Note: certain words have been rendered in Swahili to pass the censors’ muster. Last year, we here in Indianapolis celebrated Holy Week with renewed faith and hope. All week long we prayed and focused our attention on the Great Day to come, when victory would be revealed. Each day, we had fellowship […]

The Intruder and His World

By Chaplain Mike This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that’s better left unsaid. (Bob Dylan) • • • One day recently, a dreaded Intruder came uninvited into our life. His coming was sudden and shocking, as though a blast of wind exploded out of nowhere, shattering our living room picture window, sending […]

IM Book Review: Turning Controversy into Church Ministry

By Chaplain Mike Turning Controversy into Church Ministry: A Christlike Response to Homosexuality by William P. Campbell (Zondervan, 2010) I responded to an invitation to participate in a “Blog Tour” of W.P. Campbell’s book on ministering to those in the homosexual community. In typical fashion, I’m tardy in getting my review out, but I hope […]

3-D Christmas

By Chaplain Mike You just can’t stop technology. And apparently you can’t stop evangelicals from thinking that every new or improved technology that comes along should be used to “advance the Gospel.” And so we learn that Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas (Pastor Ed Young) will be offering 21 Christmas services in 3-D at their […]

Open Mic: Two Big Votes in Washington

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday, the U.S. Congress held well-publicized votes on two controversial pieces of legislation: the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy in the military regarding homosexuality, the “DREAM Act” that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. Though I normally don’t care to […]

Ajith Fernando on Pastoral Ministry

By Chaplain Mike In contrast to the “Disneyized” bigger, better, event and attraction oriented approach of much that we call “ministry” today, there are pastors who understand the importance of daily faithfulness, quiet consistency, regular personal interaction with those in their congregations, and ministry activities like pastoral visitation and encouraging people to fulfill their vocations […]