March 24, 2017

Open Mic: Short-Term Mission Trips

By Chaplain Mike According to Warren Cole Smith in his book, A Lover's Quarrel with the Evangelical Church (full review to come later this weekend), short-term mission trips may be more of a problem than a productive way of … [Continue reading...]

Reading Assignment

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's … [Continue reading...]

Writers’ Roundtable: To Kill a Mockingbird

Led by Chaplain Mike Welcome to our second Writers' Roundtable. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird, one of our greatest American novels. I thought it … [Continue reading...]

Raspberry Wars–Remaining Fruit

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit … John 15:5 NIV You did not choose Me, but I chose you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should … [Continue reading...]

IM Book Review: Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites…And Other Lies You’ve Been Told

Reviewed by Michael Bell The title of Bradley Wright's Book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites... and Other Lies You've Been Told, certainly grabs your attention. The book itself does a pretty good job of keeping that … [Continue reading...]

Cleaning Closets

By Chaplain Mike I came home from a weekend away intent on cleaning out closets. This urge occasionally strikes, and when it does, I've learned to lie down until it goes away. Ridding home and life of clutter sometimes … [Continue reading...]

Follow on Twitter

By Chaplain Mike FYI: We've updated the Twitter link at the bottom of the page. You can now follow Chaplain Mike on Twitter. Tweets will be sent at least daily, with a focus on what's happening in my world throughout the day. … [Continue reading...]

“Pray, Give, and Go” Believers

By Chaplain Mike I was in Chicago over the weekend, and attended Wheaton Bible Church with my wife's sister on Sunday. It has been our habit to worship at WBC when we visit the area. WBC is an established evangelical church … [Continue reading...]

Dining In The Valley

Editor's note: Read this essay by Joe Spann slowly and prayerfully. It was written in the midst of pain for those who are in the midst of pain. “Son of Adam,” said Aslan.  “Are you ready to undo the wrong that you have … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Jesus, Martha, and Mary (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...]