Category Archives: Chaplains

Grace in the Trenches: Chaplains on the Front Lines of the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The senior chaplain came to me for counseling, struggling with how he would face the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT). I put my hand on his shoulder and looked him square in the eyes, “Chaplain, this nation needs … Continue reading

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A Delayed Salvation

“who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5). A friend came by the other day to talk about salvation. Those who characterize themselves as unbelievers … Continue reading

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Peter’s Recommitment and Ours: A Message to Army Chaplains about Loving Our Vocation

A message given at the opening of the Chief of Chaplains’ Preaching Conference, September 13, 2010 at the US Army Chaplain Center and School, Ft. Jackson, SC John 21.1-22 It is customary to begin a relationship like this by saying, … Continue reading

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Preaching in Germany

The following is a post from Germany where I am preaching a conference on “Don’t Hold Back: Essentials of the Reformed Faith for Faithful Service in a Pluralistic Setting.” The Lord has blessed this Presbyterian and Reformed Commission on Chaplaincy … Continue reading

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Preaching to Chaplains and Wives at the Cove

I am still responding, emotionally, from preaching two nights ago at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s “The Cove” retreat center, near Black Mountain, NC, where I addressed a full house of chaplains and their wives. Many of these chaplains, representing … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Christmas: An Unexpected Family (Matthew 1.1-16)

This message was part of a series I called “An Unexpected Christmas.” I offer it here as fodder for faithful pastors who are preparing to feed the flock of Jesus as we move into the Second Sunday in Advent. I pray … Continue reading

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What God Starts, God Completes

About two years ago, Christian Focus Publications of Scotland approached me about writing an autobiography. I resisted at first, thinking that (1) I was too young for such a thing; and (2) I had not lived a life interesting enough … Continue reading

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