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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

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


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