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What are you praying for?

As a hospital chaplain, I often ask patients, “What are you praying for?” Surprisingly, they don’t always...


The God-sent cameos of our lives

In Hollywood, a "cameo" appearance is a famous actor delivering a significant, but one-time line. In my life, that person was...


The stress of helping the stranded

In the early 1980s, I was the very young pastor of First Baptist Church in Brentwood, Calif.


Expressing your opinion

If your minister, imam or rabbi is absent from religious services this weekend, it's because more clergy will take vacation days...


New parents unwrap hard questions

Note to readers: During the 12 years I have been writing this column, I have included five fiction stories based on Biblical...


Hard living not quality living

Like most hospital chaplains, I spend my day walking long hallways, going room to room and introducing myself to patients who...


The unrequited revenge of an angry caller

In the early months of this century, I was serving as an active duty Air Force chaplain at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida,...


Scars removed by the great physician

In late 1991, I became the sole chaplain at Houston Northwest Medical Center in Houston Texas.


Field trip leads to cult insight

In 1978, I took a cults class from James Leo Garrett at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. After several weeks of lecture, Garrett...


Before you go to the Veterans Day parade

Before you leave for the Veterans Day parade, there are five things I think vets would like you to know. Of course I can’t...

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