October 18, 2017

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 character and mission. The Spirit enables us to be with Jesus today as we live […]

IM Book Review: Evolving in Monkey Town

By Chaplain Mike If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that faith can survive just about anything, so long as it’s able to evolve. Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 17 Rachel Held Evans is from the community of Dayton, Tennessee—”Monkey Town U.S.A.”—so named because it hosted the infamous 1925 Scopes trial, which […]

Shaped By Jesus I

By Chaplain Mike Now that Michael Spencer’s book has been released, and people are reading about “church-shaped” spirituality vs. “Jesus-shaped” spirituality, I’d like to explore more of what it means to be shaped by Jesus. For this series, the Gospels will be our main source material. These will not be in-depth studies but sign-posts pointing […]

Done with Wings

By Chaplain Mike The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait […]

Consider It All Joy

My family and I were missionaries in Kyrgyzstan for some years.  Our furloughs in America were busy and tiring.  We had to pack too frequently, try to keep the children sane, and say the same things a hundred times to people we’d mostly never see again.  The summer I’m thinking about was a particularly difficult […]

The Silence Of God

Words are my primary love language. I learned that about myself when I was barely old enough to talk. Other children my age played with dolls and toy trucks; what comforted me most was a notebook and pencil. I couldn’t wait to learn to string words together into sentences and paragraphs and deep conversations. When […]

The Beatitudes: Virtues or Proclamations?

By Chaplain Mike I am working through N.T. Wright’s exhilarating book on Christian growth and character, After You Believe. I hope to post a full review soon. First, I’d like to interact with one small aspect of something he presents. Wright’s chapter on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) communicates some wonderful insights about […]

Are We There Yet?

By Damaris Zehner Last Sunday, the Bible readings included John 13:33-35 and Revelation 21:3-4. An odd conjunction struck me. In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am […]