May 25, 2017

Lent III

By Chaplain Mike Today's Gospel: John 4:5-42 a sonnet he knew, and how he knew i'll never know this thirsty stranger standing at the well i came at noon to avoid abhorring eyes and constant cutting comments i can't … [Continue reading...]

Addicted to “Answers”

By Chaplain Mike Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God. I humbly disagree. This issue came up again recently when John … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 3.26.11

Greetings from the desert edition of Saturday Ramblings. Your rambler is in the Phoenix area taking in some Spring Training baseball and In N Out burgers. Yes, life can get better than this, but not without involving legal action. … [Continue reading...]

Friday with the Fathers (3)

By Chaplain Mike Thus far in our Lenten series on the Apostolic Fathers, we have discussed Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch. Today we consider the last of the three chief Apostolic Fathers: Polycarp of … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: Introverts in the Church

By Chaplain Mike I think I may have found my doppelganger. There were times as I was reading through Adam McHugh's wise and helpful book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture, when I thought … [Continue reading...]

Does Jesus Really Mean It?

Confession time: I pray a lot, but I don't often believe that God will hear and answer my prayers. And for me, that creates quite a bit of tension. On the one hand, I believe that I should pray and pray frequently. We are told … [Continue reading...]


"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people."  (G.K. Chesterton) "Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My … [Continue reading...]

Single? Need Not Apply

By Chaplain Mike Alert reader Jason notified us about an interesting article that discusses a topic most evangelical churches don't publicly acknowledge or talk about: discrimination against single pastors. Writing in the … [Continue reading...]

Beggar of Bread

“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” —Nikolai Berdyaev Recently, a friend visited our family one evening and stayed a long time. I baked cookies during his visit and felt … [Continue reading...]

Lent: “From that Point On” — A Difficult Journey

By Chaplain Mike We are well on our way into the Lenten season. It may be a good time for a refresher on the relationship of this season to the Gospel story. In our January 7, 2011 post, "Epiphany and the Days to Come," we … [Continue reading...]