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Why we fight...

For the past few weekends, I've been posting some humor for the purpose of a-musement...but this week, I'm going to broach a much more thoughtful subject, the Global War on Terror. From time to time people will ask me, "For what are we fighting?" Usually, we expect a standard answer from among the litany: oil, democracy, . . .

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June 02, 2007

Thoughts on Killing and Combat

One of the most sobering thoughts and challenges I face as a military chaplain is ministering to those who have directly engaged in the task of killing others in the line of duty. Recently, I've been re-reading LTC Dave Grossman's fascinating book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. As a former . . .

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May 29, 2007

More A-musement (26 May)

Well, I'm home for the long weekend and don't plan on spending any more time in front of this computer than is necessary. So this commercial is a logical choice for a bit of quick, weekend a-musement as it is the funniest commercial ever, hands down. (Hat tip to Sarah for this one!)

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May 26, 2007

Counseling Training (BCC Week 3)

Here at Maxwell, week three has bit a bit like Groundhog Day.  It has been a continuation of last week's counseling training focusing on marital enrichment and short-term pastoral counseling.  Sure, it isn't Friday yet, but tomorrow is scheduled to wrap up two pretty intense weeks in the classroom.

That said, it has . . .

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May 24, 2007

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 counseling classes! Call me a . . .

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May 20, 2007