August 20, 2017

Open Mic: Is Narnia too Scary for Kids?

By Chaplain Mike On her•meneutics, Christianity Today's blog for women, Elrena Evans has written a post called, "Why There's No Narnia in Our Home." I'd like to hear your opinions on it today. It turns out that Ms. … [Continue reading...]

Story Songs

Ok, iMonks: time for your publisher to make his confession. Ready? I cry when I hear really good stories in songs. They don't even have to be sad stories, just real. And sung with a gut-wrenching passion. Done right, you can … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

Hey Look!

By Chaplain Mike October 13, 2010 Southeast side of Indianapolis, IN You sent abundant rain, O God, To refresh the weary land. (Psalm 68:9, NLT) … [Continue reading...]

Tell Me About Your Day

By Chaplain Mike OK, so here is a brief report of some of the stories I heard on a recent day of visiting hospice patients and their families. (Details have been changed.) In the morning I visited an older man I have come to … [Continue reading...]

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 … [Continue reading...]

Ecclesiastical Dreamin’

By Chaplain Mike Stopped into a church I passed along the way. Well, I got down on my knees And I pretend to pray. You know the preacher likes the cold. He knows I'm gonna stay California dreamin' on such a winter's … [Continue reading...]


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, … [Continue reading...]

Luther’s First Hymn

By Chaplain Mike Today in worship we sang one of Martin Luther's hymns, and I was impressed. So faithful to the Gospel, as one would expect. So warm in devotion, it might have come from the pen of Charles Wesley. Samuel … [Continue reading...]

From “Kyrie” to “Eucharist”

By Chaplain Mike Sunday's Gospel • Luke 17:11-19 Early in the traditional worship service of the church, the congregation says, chants, or sings the Kyrie: "Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy." The … [Continue reading...]