Chaplaincy

On Flags, Allegiance and Idolatry

On Flags, Allegiance and Idolatry

With the recent hubbub over our National Anthem and respect for the flag of the United States, other discussions have sprouted up, some about the presence of the national flag in places of worship which have often  led to conversations about perceived empire worship or misplaced allegiances. I’ve appreciated the discussions I have read about these […]

On Monuments and Honor

On Monuments and Honor

I’ve been in the military for about 15 years now but have always been interested in history (except during high school when I failed my American History class!). Not long after I came into the Army as a chaplain, I began to wonder about Army posts like Fort Hood, Fort Hill, Fort Bragg and seven […]

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration

Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration

With 2016 being the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack and the United States’ official entry into World War Two, the various commemorations around the country are even more significant. I had the priviledge of attending the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration  at the National World War 2 Memorial in Washington D.C. Present were seven […]

Pearl Harbor Candlelight Vigil and Reading of the Names

Pearl Harbor Candlelight Vigil and Reading of the Names

On December 6th, 2016 I had the honor of participating in the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Candlelight Vigil and Reading of the Names at the National WWII memorial in Washington D.C. I was one of many people, young and old, who withstood the cold and rain to honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed during […]

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

As this Thanksgiving day draws to a close in the United States, I am reminded about the nearly 200,000 Service members who are deployed in support of Combatant Commands this Thanksgiving. It’s never easy being away from home and family, but it is especially hard during holidays. The United States does their best to help […]

Loyal Soldier or True Christian?

Loyal Soldier or True Christian?

As a chaplain, I am often engaged in conversations with Soldiers about life, death and their spiritual journey. Most Soldiers expect that a chaplain will talk about eternal things while most chaplains hope that Soldiers will be receptive to their concern. This exchange between chaplain and Soldier is not new. I recently came across a […]

I Cry

I Cry

At the risk of being perceived as less-than-masculine or even a wimp, I have a confession to make: I cry. That’s right, I admit it, I cry. Sure, I cry at times when you would expect me to, like when a family member dies or when the Holy Spirit moves in a worship service. But […]

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

To announce that you’re a Christian Pacifist is essentially saying that you love my enemies more than you love me.

From Wilderness to Happiness

From Wilderness to Happiness

For the Christian Church, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, was Mark 1:9-15. In it, we see Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River inaugurating Jesus’ public ministry. I find a few things which are fascinating about this story. First, as Jesus was coming out of the […]

Make Space for God During Lent

Make Space for God During Lent

This article was written by a chaplain-friend of mine here at Fort Leonard Wood for publication in the post newspaper. In it, he offers a great explanation of the Christian season of Lent and encouragement for us to take advantage of this opportunity to improve on our relationship to God. A Special “thank you!” to Chaplain Gonzalez for […]