October 21, 2017

The God of Second Chances

In the early 90s, when I was a fairly young seminary student, I was working on a paper for one of my New Testament Greek courses. I had gathered up all the commentaries and journal articles that I could find on the topic, and was starting to write my paper. While reading one journal article, […]

One Last Gasp

A few nights ago, I passed through the room where my husband sat watching television. I stopped and stood mesmerized – gripped by the depiction of a woman drowning. It was so graphic that I had a sense of struggle within me as I saw her fight against the sea that wouldn’t let her surface. […]

iMonk Classic: Jesus, Mom and Michael

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Oct 22, 2005 Note from Chaplain Mike: In the light of recent posts about life’s messiness and ministering to people with unimaginable stress from the problems they face, I was struck when I went back and read this profoundly insightful article Michael wrote about caring for his […]

Depression Is Selfish

Can someone tell me what a sign in front of a church means that reads “Depression is Selfish”? –from a Facebook post This was the “status update,” or whatever it is called, posted by a good friend of mine on his Facebook page the other day. At first I just wanted to chalk it up […]

The Life God Is In

  By Chaplain Mike “…he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17.27, NLT) As I have talked with friends throughout this year, I’ve noted that we’ve been using a phrase regularly: “This is the life God is in.” OK, it could be better grammatically, but it’s punchy and makes a clear point. […]

Drought

By Chaplain Mike We haven’t had a good day of rain where I live for over two months. Our lawns are past turning brown. Now they are brittle, straw-like. Weeds provide the only green at ground level. They proliferate. Hardy, demonically so, they thrive where all that is desirable dies from thirst. Farmers are cleaning […]

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, […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Filled with Passionate Intensity

Does anyone else cringe when they hear the over-used  word “passion”? What’s your passion? —  “I have a passion for — something.”  “I’m so passionate about that.” I don’t think these people know what they’re really saying. Bear with me here. I’m launching into a history of the word from its origins to its modern usage. […]