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Thoughts on God's Peace

Tomorrow morning, I will have the privilege of leading our BCC class in a short morning devotional. There will be no formal time of worship but a hymn or two, a time of prayer, and some brief reflections on God's word.

As I prepare for this time, my heart cannot help but be drawn to many of the great difficulties of ministry in a . . .

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May 21, 2007

Putting the 'A' in Amusement

It was bound to happen.

It's not the first time I've been accused of using big words, writing like I was an ivory tower academic, or being over analytical. Actually, those are fairly common criticisms, but I am doubly destined to such a fate by virtue of being both an engineer and chaplain by education and trade, what do you . . .

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May 20, 2007

Jesus Finally Showed Up! (BCC Week 2)

Finally after over a week at the Chaplains' Course (all Protestant Christians, remember), Jesus showed up! After a very frustrating first week at BCC, where Christ was all but absent and any mention of his name brought strange silence, by his grace he broke into our class in a very unexpected way...in counseling classes! Call me a . . .

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May 20, 2007

Ascension Day and Evangelical Anti-Traditionalism

Happy Ascension Day! Jesus' Ascension

"Um, what?" you might ask. Ascension day, of course, is the celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven forty days after his resurrection (cf. Luke 24.50-53 and Acts 1.6-11). I wonder how many Evangelicals celebrated this great event today? I wonder, in all honesty, how many of us have ever heard . . .

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May 17, 2007

Strange Land of the Chaplaincy (BCC Week 1)

The chaplaincy is a strange land, strange indeed.

It is no secret that the rank and file of the U.S. military is a conservative bunch that finds itself definitely on the right side of the spectrum of politics, society, and religion. Consequently, one would expect military chaplains to largely be conservative types as well, but that . . .

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May 12, 2007

Atlantis 'Go' for Rollout

According to nasa.gov, "After Friday's rollout review meeting, NASA officials announced that repairs on the external tank on Space Shuttle Atlantis have been completed. The vehicle is scheduled to roll out to the launch pad on Wednesday, May 16 with first motion at 4 a.m. EDT."

It's neither my mission nor my orbiter . . .

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May 11, 2007

A Famine in the Land...Reflections on Evangelicalism

As a part of our Basic Chaplains' Course, chaplains are exposed to different worship services outside of our primarily Evangelical traditions. This week, for example, we participated in two services that were very far from contemporary American Evangelicalism--we attended Catholic daily mass and an Eastern Orthodox divine worship service. . . .

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May 10, 2007

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