July 22, 2018

How I Pray for My Family and Friends

By Chaplain Mike. In addition to the practice of “long wandering prayer” to which David Hansen introduced me, I find keeping set times of “saying my prayers” important. For much of my pastoral career, I found that people in evangelical churches avoided, disdained, and even spoke against set forms of prayer. It has heartened me […]

Michael Spencer Update, 3/9/2010

Chaplain Mike received this update from Denise Spencer today. It is with a heavy heart that I bring my latest update on Michael. We have learned that his cancer is too advanced and too aggressive to expect any sort of remission. Our oncologist estimates that with continued treatment Michael most likely has somewhere between six […]

Update from Michael: 2/22/10

Chaplain Mike received this note from Denise Spencer today: Michael has finished his second round of chemotherapy treatments. They make him so exhausted that he spends most of his time in bed. His appetite is almost completely gone, too. He’s lost 60 pounds. (Thank You, Lord, for creating Ensure!) It’s very difficult for Michael to […]

In Memoriam: Morning Prayers

By Chaplain Mike Introduction In a vision from another life, I see my wife and I scrambling our four young children into the van and driving out to a house in the country. There, all over the porch and front yard, a recent litter of seventeen puppies cavorts. My kids squeal with delight and go […]

Update: Galli on Grace and Obligation

An update from Chaplain Mike… Last week I put up a post called, “Redeeming a Dirty Word,” in which I tried to say that concepts like “obligation” and “duty” are not the undesirable ideas we have made them out to be in our day. You might want to go back and review the post, and […]

Recommended Reading: First Steps by Noel Cordle

Michael Spencer’s daughter Noel has posted a heartfelt, personal entry on the subject of adoption on her blog, mere musings. The article includes her own personal testimony, a recommendation of the book, Adopted for Life, by Russell D. Moore, and some challenging words for Christians on the subject. Check it out.

Practice Resurrection, part two

Today’s post is by guest blogger Chaplain Mike. In the first part of Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson writes about the church at Ephesus and the overall message that Paul communicated to them through his epistle. “Growing up in Christ,” the big theme of the book, is not something we do alone. And so, Peterson begins […]

A Brief Update From Michael 2/4/08

NOT a current Pic. If you haven’t read the current post at The Master’s Table, I want to say a big thanks to my FRIEND Clark Bunch for such a kind post. My situation is serious. Sleep is a big issue. I need rest and it is hard to get. This cancer situation is not […]

Cursing the Fall

Today’s guest blogger is Jeremy Berg. Thanks, Jeremy! This reflection from last spring seems a timely word to all who are struggling to make sense of the recent Haiti disaster. May we send our curses in the right direction. I was doing the annual spring yard clean-up this past spring.  My wife had done most […]

Book now listed at Publisher

Big Announcement! The Book is now listed at the publisher’s website. Do what you can to get the word out, thanks to all who helped get the book out. It’s almost all new material, so buy it after September and then buy another one. MOD Update: The book is also available for pre-order at Amazon.com.