December 15, 2017

And the Great Danger to the Faith Is…Huh?

By Chaplain Mike Over at ever-reliable culture-war news source, Christian Post, is a report on Charles Stanley’s “sobering 4th of July message about a dangerous spiritual tide that is engulfing the country.” According to Pastor Stanley, the tide that is sweeping in is socialism. “It is a tide that is bringing with it ideas and […]

Religion and Culture

(Note: Richard Niebuhr wrote a classic book called Christ and Culture.  I highly recommend reading it to understand the variety of relationships possible between Christianity and culture.  I don’t attempt to summarize his ideas here, just my own thoughts from my travels and studies.) Recently Lisa Dye quoted Derek Prince as saying, “Never let your […]

Surprise! God Does Art

In my previous essay we looked at the culture of Jesus junk. I tried to say things in a nice way–maybe I was too nice. I still have many friends in publishing, in broadcasting, in music production and distribution. Many friends who seek to follow the Lord from their hearts, yet sometimes have to hold […]

Selling Jesus By The Pound

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Back to the Trenches!

By Chaplain Mike The troops have been mustered. And folks, it ain’t gonna be pretty. So, this week, in the “where angels fear to tread” category, we’re going to gear up and go back to the front lines of the Creation Wars. As you know, I have recommended the site BioLogos and have posted materials […]

What Is My Portion?

“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 One of my daughters has travelled to more than a dozen countries in the last year, sometimes for work, sometimes […]

Truth Is Stranger than Fiction

By Chaplain Mike Just the facts… Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, age 59, married Kathryn Rogers, 33, on June 5 in Palm Beach, Florida. It is Limbaugh’s fourth marriage, after three divorces. Limbaugh’s friend, Ken Hutcherson, a former NFL player, African-American, and outspoken “pro-family” pastor from Redmond, Washington, officiated. When asked how he could […]

A Black and White Concern

By Chaplain Mike It is my hope that our conversation here at IM will include perspectives from as many cultures and traditions of the Christian faith as possible. One privilege a hospice chaplain has is to become acquainted with people from various backgrounds and experiences. For example, I have thoroughly enjoyed befriending, serving, and spending […]

The Archbishop Strikes Back

By Chaplain Mike Maybe there is some fight left in the Anglican Church after all. At Pentecost, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, sent a letter to the Anglican Communion encouraging a renewed focus on mission, and suggesting discipline for elements of the church that fail to abide by requests to avoid controversial decisions […]

Why I Am Not a “Culture-Warrior”

By Chaplain Mike In anticipation of the release of Mere Churchianity, Michael Spencer’s book, we have been examining various issues that are affecting evangelicalism, particularly in America. Today, a brief response to the “culture war” mentality. This past week, in our area we had the culmination of a big to-do about a high school graduation […]