Christianity

Oh My God!

Oh My God!

As I opened my eyes I really did believe that this was it. I was just waiting for the roof to crash in on me, crushing me beneath the weight of the car, doubting that I would survive. All I could say was “Oh my God!” as I gripped the steering wheel and braced myself […]

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

Many churches today cannot be considered healthy because they have too many unhealthy members for the church to be considered “well.” Just about any church you go to, there is a mix of healthy and unhealthy members. To what proportion the healthy and unhealthy members exist in a church, to a large extent determines the health […]

Love, Terrorism and Immigration

Love, Terrorism and Immigration

I’m not making a political statement, but I’ve been wondering how it became an injustice to not extend a privilege. Entry into any country other than your own is a privilege not a right. I remember traveling to many countries and actually wondering if I’d get in or be turned away. Not one of those […]

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 […]

Thanksgiving is a Christian Holiday

Many practices and rituals which have become nearly routine, or profane, in the United States have very solid and deep roots in Christianity. Christmas, Easter and while not on the Christian Calendar, Thanksgiving have all been Christian observances that look back to the work of God in the world. However, we have seen over the […]

In Defense of Thanksgiving

In Defense of Thanksgiving

Within hours of getting up this Thanksgiving morning, I was faced with a Facebook post that instead of celebrating the work of God in our lives and all that He has blessed us with, it condemned Americans for the things we are thankful for today and nearly apologized to the millions who we have mistreated […]

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 […]

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

To Those Who Are Afraid After the Election…

I’ve noticed that posts and comments since election day have been only mildly less vitriol than before the election. The difference now, however, is that instead of warnings about the damage so-and-so would cause the country if he or she is elected, they now revolve around what seems to be a personal fear about what […]

And the Best Candidate is . . .

And the Best Candidate is . . .

Based on many of the Facebook posts that I see, it appears that many people are either choosing their candidates solely on the basis of their party or else because they despise the opposing candidate so much. Others have latched onto one issue and are choosing the candidate they’re going to vote for based on […]

We Don’t Need To Fight

We Don’t Need To Fight

I have said very little this election season unlike the last two presidential elections. Mainstream as well as social media have already been inundated with toxic posts that seem more like personal attacks than arguments about the issues. Comments on many of these posts are similarly nasty as supporters of the various candidates are attacked […]