July 2, 2015

Update from Michael: 2/22/10

Chaplain Mike received this note from Denise Spencer today: Michael has finished his second round of chemotherapy treatments. They make him so exhausted that he spends most of his time in bed. His appetite is almost completely … [Continue reading...]

In Memoriam: Morning Prayers

By Chaplain Mike Introduction In a vision from another life, I see my wife and I scrambling our four young children into the van and driving out to a house in the country. There, all over the porch and front yard, a recent … [Continue reading...]

Update: Galli on Grace and Obligation

An update from Chaplain Mike... Last week I put up a post called, "Redeeming a Dirty Word," in which I tried to say that concepts like "obligation" and "duty" are not the undesirable ideas we have made them out to be in our … [Continue reading...]

Practice Resurrection, part three

Chaplain Mike continues his response to this new book. We're back after a break to resume our introduction to and consideration of Eugene Peterson's latest book. Practice Resurrection is a theological conversation on growing to … [Continue reading...]

Form for Confession in Lent

Last night in our Ash Wednesday service we used the Litany of Penitence from the Book of Common Prayer. I was impressed with it, as a comprehensive form for confessing our sins before God. I plan on using it throughout the Lenten … [Continue reading...]

Classic iMonk: The Boat in the Backyard

A note from Chaplain Mike: We will be running some posts from the iMonk archives that deal with the subject of depression. This classic post that Michael Spencer wrote in 2004 tells the intimate story of a father's depression and … [Continue reading...]

Recommended Reading: First Steps by Noel Cordle

Michael Spencer's daughter Noel has posted a heartfelt, personal entry on the subject of adoption on her blog, mere musings. The article includes her own personal testimony, a recommendation of the book, Adopted for Life, by … [Continue reading...]

The Bible: Rated “R”

Today's post is from Chaplain Mike. Ok. So, let's get real about the Bible. A lot of folks have a mistaken and inadequate understanding of what the Bible is like and what it contains. I agree with author Frederick … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Is Church Optional?

Today's Open Mic question is presented by Chaplain Mike. I read a message by Rick Warren on Christian Post today about belonging to the church. It got me thinking about the nature of the relationship that exists between … [Continue reading...]

Responding to the problem of pain – A new look at Job

If you thought that three Michael's on this blog was confusing, the following post is written by Michael Powell (a Pastor of Michael Bell), edited by Michael Bell, posted by Michael Mercer, on this blog owned by Michael … [Continue reading...]