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A chaplain’s business can be risky

I’ve officiated dozens of weddings in my 30 years as a minister, but few were as fraught with risk as the one I performed...


Facing my fear of the dentist

Do you have a fear that your friends and family call irrational? I do. I’m odontophobic, afraid of dentists.


Resiliency more than just survival

On April 4, 1991, I was halfway finished with a yearlong chaplain training program at UC-Davis Medical Center when a social...


Columnist shares faith flops

This week begins my 15th year of writing this column. The anniversary is causing me to reflect on the purpose of why I write this...


Turning countless days into days that count

During the early months of 2009, I deployed as a hospital chaplain to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The base commander was Maj. Gen.


A promise from a mother to her infant

It was 3 a.m. when I answered the phone call from the labor and delivery unit of the children’s hospital where I was...


French fries fast brings prayers to life

Have you ever sought support for a personal problem or trial, only to be told by someone, “I’ll keep you in my...


Reading that inspires forgiveness

As I watched the relatives of those killed at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church tearfully express forgiveness toward the...


A hurricane of memories from New Orleans

Ten years ago, I experienced firsthand how Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans when I was temporarily deployed as the...


Faith is tested when death enters picture

As a hospital chaplain, I watch people die almost every day.

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