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"Off We Go..."

\Well, the time has come to depart for Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL, and begin the Air Force Basic Chaplains' Course, my first Air Force formal school since my 1997 stint at Shepherd AFB, TX for the Aircraft Maintenance Officers' Course. On Monday, we'll officially kick off day one of BCC 07B.

The course promises to be . . .

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May 04, 2007

"Episcopalian" and "Discernment"...Together?

Remember back in the late summer of 2004 when then-Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey resigned in the midst of controversy surrounding his homosexual affair with the man he hired as the Homeland Security Adviser for the state of New Jersey? Despite the fact that his 'coming out' was celebrated by the left as a bold move of . . .

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May 04, 2007

Who Says We're Dumbing Down?

Contemporary American Christianity is often accused of consciously 'dumbing down' in a number of areas including theology and worship. The lack of academic achievement in public schools over the past several decades has resulted in downward spiraling performance expectations from our students simply in order to continue promoting . . .

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May 03, 2007

An Article from Newsweek

Here's a thought-provoking article that appeared in Newsweek this week, concerning the Chaplaincy, especially in the Army. As one who has not deployed in almost ten years, and even then to Air Force locations that were near by no means in the center of hostilities, I cannot imagine the stress these chaplains are under as they seek to . . .

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April 30, 2007

Blogging Renewed...

I haven't regularly posted anything for almost eight months now...seems everytime I begin to 'journal' I get pretty sidetracked and let things fall by the wayside quickly. More than that, I had initially begun writing primarily for my old Sunday School class audience, but a move, a new job, a new church, and a new pace of life in . . .

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April 29, 2007

A Long Pause...(silence)...

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The Importance of Lyrics for Hymnody

Let me begin this post with two assertions:

  1. The lyrics of church music are important

  2. Picking the music sung in congregational worship is not a task to be taken lightly

I begin with those points because any discussion of church music is likely to be emotionally charged and painstakingly scrutinized, at best. My . . .

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August 30, 2006