January 20, 2017

Help Me with My Sermon!

By Chaplain Mike OK friends, I need your help. For the next three Sundays, I have the privilege of leading worship and proclaiming the Gospel in a sister congregation. One thing I have appreciated about the Lutheran … [Continue reading...]

Skye Jethani on “The Daisy Cutter Doctrine” of Ministry

Presented by Chaplain Mike One of today's most clear-sighted Christian leaders talks about where our legitimacy in ministry comes from. Quotes to Remember: What I call the "Daisy Cutter Doctrine" is a lie that I think a … [Continue reading...]

Paul the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike We will conclude our little flurry of posts on being a pastor and the duty of the church to provide pastoral care to its members by looking at another of the apostles, Paul. I had a great breakthrough in my … [Continue reading...]

Peter the Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I have written several posts over the past year on the subject of pastoral visitation and the importance of church communities taking seriously the responsibility for the personal care and tending of their … [Continue reading...]

I Am a Pastor

By Chaplain Mike I wrote this many years ago, while on a mission trip in India. I used it to teach children about what a pastor is and does. Over the years, I've come back to it many times. Its simple words reminded me of … [Continue reading...]

Shaped By Jesus II

By Chaplain Mike "Shaped By Jesus" is a series of sign-posts pointing to Jesus’ teaching and acts as the soil from which Christlike discipleship grows. We are shaped by Jesus and we are shaped to be like Jesus in his … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Teaching One Another

By Chaplain Mike On Sundays, we hear the Gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary. Sometimes, I share a message based upon this text. On other weeks, I ask you to share your observations so that our readers can be … [Continue reading...]

iMonk Classic: I Have My Doubts

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer I Have My Doubts: The Many Reasons I Don't Believe (undated) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24) Let's start with … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

Saturday Ramblings 6.19.10

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack ... reach into your box of Cracker Jack and see what your prize is. Why look! You got Saturday Ramblings! Just in case you went into … [Continue reading...]