As I've looked back over previous posts, a nasty trend became obvious to me...I tend to rail against Evangelicals without writing many positive things. There are plenty of 'grumpy Christians' in cyberspace who write plenty of negative articles and blogs about the unfortunate state of Evangelicalism--and if we're honest . . .
I went to church this morning, but I didn't hear the gospel, did you? With American Independence Day coming up this Wednesday, like so many Evangelicals across our great nation, this morning I was subjected to a 'Patriotic Worship Service' that consisted of a string of flag-waving, patriotic, God-and-country types songs followed . . .
As those who have read my past ramblings know, corporate worship is a very important subject to me...primarily because of the horrendous chicanery that passes as 'worship' in many Evangelical circles. I can confidently say for a multitude of reasons, when it comes to corporate worship, Evangelicals just don't 'get it.' . . .
Go, Atlantis, go!
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 . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .