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Proof positive that responses from heart, mind prevail over temper

One of my most difficult days in uniform came on Dec. 23, 2005, when I drove to Atwater, Calif., with a chaplain assistant to...


Being thankful for the unimaginable provides food for thought

I often joke that potlucks are among the main reasons I became a minister. And apparently I'm not alone in my culinary reverence...


There's always a good reason to get out of bed

Maybe you've heard the old joke about a man who resisted his wife's urging to get out of bed for Sunday church services.


Unanswered prayers have more than 2 answers

After serving 28 years as an Air Force chaplain, I can tell you that troubled service members didn't always come to see me on...


Dancing with a member of the 'Greatest Generation'

As we show our gratitude for veterans this month, I want to share the inspiring story of Roger Revay, a 90-year-old patient I met...


Rethinking death's choices

Recently, as I walked though our hospital on my patient rounds, my pager lit up with a summons to the trauma room of the...


Thou shalt not use God's name for gain

Have you ever gone where you simply weren't wanted? As a hospital chaplain, I've entered plenty of rooms where I wasn't wanted.


Try these 5 'spiritual pick-up lines '

How do people answer you when you ask, "How are you?"


Lighting a fire for change

I was a freshly minted minister in 1984 when I preached an "audition sermon" before 26 parishioners at First Southern Baptist...

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