June 23, 2017

IM Recommended Reading: The Future of Evangelicalism

By Chaplain Mike Over at Patheos, a site that strives to be "the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs," they have pulled … [Continue reading...]

Health Care in America—What to Do at the End of Life?

By Chaplain Mike As you may know, I work as a hospice chaplain. Our service specializes in caring for people who are in the final season of life. A multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals provides medical and personal … [Continue reading...]

Open Mic: Our Money, Our Neighbors

By Chaplain Mike Economics has been leading the news and preoccupying our minds for the past couple of years now, ever since the financial crisis that hit hard in 2007, with continuing effects on economies here and around the … [Continue reading...]

Shaped By Jesus III

By Chaplain Mike Update: We've had some good comments, but they have focused on academic issues. That is fine, but I'm really much more interested in how this text speaks to Jesus-shaped spiritual formation. It's time to get … [Continue reading...]

More on Ken Ham…

By Chaplain Mike For your further study and contemplation... In response to a parishioner's request, our friend, Pastor Daniel Jepsen, has written a review of Ken Ham's video, "The Six Days of Creation," over at the Franklin … [Continue reading...]

Hearing Michael Spencer’s Continuing Voice

By Chaplain Mike UPDATE: Coffee Cup Apologetics podcast #15 is available here. Thank you to those who sent it to Chaplain Mike! It has been good to hear Michael Spencer's voice again in recent days. No, I was not caught up … [Continue reading...]

An Open Letter to Ken Ham

A Response to Ken Ham: Let’s Make Peace Reproduced by permission from the Evolving in Monkey Town blog by Rachel Held Evans, July 30, 2010 I'll admit it: I love Rachel Held Evans. Not long ago, we reviewed her funny, … [Continue reading...]

Sunday’s Gospel: Don’t Be a Fool, Be a Follower

By Chaplain Mike Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Readings • Hosea 11:1-11 • Psalm 107:1-9, 43 • Colossians 3:1-11 • Luke 12:13-21 Today's Gospel Here's a little secret: God is not against money. Nor … [Continue reading...]

What’s In A Name?

I hate name tags. I really do. On the "hate" scale, I hate them more than I hate tomatoes, but not quite as much as I hate the Michigan Wolverines. About once a quarter or so, someone at church will decide that it is "Name Tag … [Continue reading...]

The Terror Of Faith

(It may be that the things I say below will be useless or even damaging to some people at this point in their life of faith.  I hope those people will ignore what I’ve written if it’s unhelpful to them.  Caveat … [Continue reading...]