Another Look: Pastoral Care of the Dying, Part Two

By Chaplain Mike Here is the second part of Michael Spencer’s November 17, 2009 interview with me about “Evangelicals and Pastoral Care of the Dying.” (If you are coming to this discussion late, see the introduction to yesterday’s post.) INTERVIEW, PART TWO 4. At what point is it appropriate for a minister to talk aboutContinue reading “Another Look: Pastoral Care of the Dying, Part Two”

Another Look: Pastoral Care of the Dying

By Chaplain Mike Back on November 17, 2009, I wrote my first post for Internet Monk. Actually, it was an interview that Michael Spencer did with me called,“Chaplain Mike Mercer: Evangelicals And The Pastoral Care of the Dying: The IM Interview.” Lately, as I have solicited questions for the “Ask Chaplain Mike” posts, several readersContinue reading “Another Look: Pastoral Care of the Dying”

iMonk Classic: In the End, God Knows Us (A Meditation for Friends)

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer From May 3, 2009 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God… (Galatians 4:9a, ESV) I’ve been teaching Galatians for over a year, and I happened to cross this verse this week, a week marked by the passing of one ofContinue reading “iMonk Classic: In the End, God Knows Us (A Meditation for Friends)”

Addicted to “Answers”

By Chaplain Mike Christians are addicted to “answers.” For some reason, we think the ultimate favor we can do for the world is to explain the ways of God. I humbly disagree. This issue came up again recently when John Piper wrote a blog post on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Of course, youContinue reading “Addicted to “Answers””

Where Is God When We Need Him?

“At different times on the journey I have tried to fill the emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” – Brennan Manning “The emptiness that frequently comes with God’s presence …” So that’s what this is? In recent days, some in the Internet Monk community have especially touched me. I can identify with theContinue reading “Where Is God When We Need Him?”

Mourning and Grieving in Community

By Chaplain Mike Note: The following is a transcript of a talk I gave to our hospice team a few years ago. As I promised earlier this week, we will be having several posts on the subject of grief and caring for the bereaved in the next short while. This particular piece shows one ofContinue reading “Mourning and Grieving in Community”

Chaplain Mike Mercer: Evangelicals And The Pastoral Care of the Dying: The IM Interview

Chaplain Mike Mercer is one of the long-time faithful friends of this web site. Many of you will recognize him as a frequent commenter. Mike has gone the extra mile to befriend me and that has been a true gift. I wanted to do this interview because Mike is now involved in pastoral care ofContinue reading “Chaplain Mike Mercer: Evangelicals And The Pastoral Care of the Dying: The IM Interview”