Good writing, with a strong point and with life oozing out.

Published Works

Mike is an active writer of short pieces, poetry, long-form essays, and book manuscripts. Contact him at with questions, comments, or speaking requests.

Cancer and Theology

January 2014

Contributed an essay to this compilation edited by Jake Bouma, a great thinker, gifted church leader, and lymphoma survivor.

Elbow Co.

The Practice of Love

May 2011

Contributed a chapter to a great book edited by Jonathan Brink, full of compelling stories of loving like Jesus:  loving God, loving ourselves, loving our neighbor, and loving our enemies .

Civitas Press

The Hardest Question

December 2010

Guest blogged at, a Sparkhouse/Augsburg-Fortress resource for preachers that looks for the most difficult questions which come out of the weekly Lectionary texts.

The Hardest Question

Generate Magazine

November 2010

Two poems published in the newest issue of Generate Magazine, a high-design quarterly curating the Emergence Christian movement.

Generate Magazine


November 2010

A chapter from Force of Will was published in an especially strong issue of Conspire!, a journal created for Neo-Monastic and church communities.

Conspire Magazine

Inventive Church

October 2010

A piece responding to a new book by Doug Pagitt, and reflecting on Mike's own experience at Common Table.

Emergent Village


January 2010

Spend too much time with your tools, and they'll start talking to you.

Father(?) Abraham

October 2009

People love to celebrate the Bible as 'the living word', but we sing a different tune when it stands up and punches us in the gut.

Generate Magazine

October 2009

A fresh flash poem in the inaugural issue of Generate.

Generate Magazine

The Freedom of Serfdom

January 2008

Laboring in obscurity does have its upside.

Fighting the System

January 2006

Inspired by The Dukes of Hazzard, Mike did some pining for the theological frontier.

Nextwave Ezine