August 26, 2016

This Little Light Of Mine

I have been a Christian now for more than 37 years. As soon as I came into the family, I was told I needed to do two things on a regular basis: go to church and read my Bible. And I have done these two things on a regular basis … [Continue reading...]

Mourning and Grieving in Community

By Chaplain Mike Note: The following is a transcript of a talk I gave to our hospice team a few years ago. As I promised earlier this week, we will be having several posts on the subject of grief and caring for the bereaved in … [Continue reading...]

The Safest Place To Be

It's a dangerous world out there. Lots of things to be aware of. So I think it best to identify a safe place, somewhere you can be assured of not being bothered by all of the bad in this world. And I have found just the … [Continue reading...]

Brueggemann on the Genre of Gen 1-11

Here is another thought-provoking quote, giving the reader of Genesis 1-11 something to consider when approaching the text. This comes from Walter Brueggemann's fine commentary on Genesis in the Interpretation series (Genesis: … [Continue reading...]

It Don’t Mean a Thing without that Historical Ring?

By Chaplain Mike In addition to issues of interpretation with regard to Genesis 1 and the portrayal of creation it gives, (which have been covered in detail here in previous posts—check the archives), Young Earth Creationists … [Continue reading...]

Guest Post: John Armstrong asks, “How Otherworldly Should I Be?”

Note from Chaplain Mike: Recently, we had a series of posts on the subject of Spiritual Formation. One point I made in those articles is that "the Christian life" (so-called) is not some life that is lived on a different plane, … [Continue reading...]

Voices of Friends around the Web

By Chaplain Mike On the sidebar of Internet Monk, we have an extensive and ever-growing list of friends' blogs and good websites. We encourage you to check them out. We think you'll agree that they are worth your while. In … [Continue reading...]

An Unprecedented Opportunity: “God in America”

By Chaplain Mike I have not been able to watch much of Frontline's "God in America" series on PBS in recent days. But I definitely plan to do so. The little that I have seen was remarkable television, even more so because of … [Continue reading...]

Glimpse at a Grief Support Group

By Chaplain Mike One of the responsibilities of a hospice chaplain in our agency is to lead grief support groups. Hospices organize these groups as a part of their bereavement programs, to provide continuing care to those who … [Continue reading...]

An Army of SLJW’s

By Chaplain Mike Sunday's Gospel • Luke 18:1-8 Many of the chapter divisions in our Bible were unfortunately placed. We come upon a good example of this in our Gospel reading today. In Luke 17:20-37, Jesus spoke to … [Continue reading...]