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"Bless Thou the Astronauts Who Face"

Go, Atlantis, go!Atlantis liftoff

At 7:38 pm (EDT) today the shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and made a safe, flawless, and beautiful ascent to space. Just a moment ago, at 9:23 pm (EDT), the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, gave Atlantis a 'Go for orbital ops,' meaning that all essential tasks to . . .

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June 08, 2007

"Deployment" time!!!

All right folks, time to for BCC 07B to grab our rucks and 'deploy' from Maxwell AFB, AL, to Tyndall AFB, FL. For the next five days, our chaplains and chaplain assistants will be heading to Silver Flag, an Air Force civil engineering training function to train on deployment planning and execution. For the most part, things will run . . .

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June 03, 2007

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

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