About Me: 

I am an Active Duty Army Chaplain, ordained as a Commissioned Pastor out of New Life CRC in Spring, TX.

Interests: 

Reading Theology, Philosophy and Ethics. I am most currently interested in the Transcendental Philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd and how it affects the study and application of Ethics. As an Army Chaplain I am very interested in the new studies being done in "Moral Injury" in war.

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Who Sent God?

He spends two paragraphs 'guarding the meanings of words' and 'maintaining the integrity of this word,' only to goof it up by calling God a sent one? That is a very difficult proposition to swallow.

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Veterans Day - A Chaplain's Perspective

I’ve spent four years in the Army as a Chaplain, and 19 of those months I’ve been deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Many with whom I serve have seen combat all over; Panama, Bosnia, Iraq (the first and second time), as well as Afghanistan. I know several who have six or more deployments in their careers. 

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Moving Backwards Through the Prism

The prism of Christian denominations excites me. I find great spiritual benefit in relationships with many kinds of Christians. The pure light of God split when it hit the prism of our depravity and one result is our great variety of worship. True worshippers, however, are always pushing to get back through the prism.

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Semper Gumby

What do you do when your life doesn’t turn out as you expected? In the Army, as I suspect in the other branches, the unexpected is oftentimes the norm. In fact, as a play on the Marine Corps motto, “Semper Fi” (Always Faithful), we often say, “Semper Gumby” (Always Flexible). 

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What are your thoughts on the Title of Commissioned Pastor?

What are your thoughts on the new title we've been given? During the debate, it was mentioned that we haven't landed on a final solution, but a better one in order to elevate the position. The video is Monday Afternoon from time 33:00-1:02:45 at the following link: http://www.crcna.org/pages/synod_webcast_archive.cfm Would it be totally out of whack to propose a new name already, for Synod 2013's consideration? Just Wondering?
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What's the best way for an Army Chaplain to stay connected to their sponsoring church?

I have been thinking for the past couple of years now, about how connected I feel to my local church. I am an Army Chaplain, so I am geographically removed from my sponsoring Church. In some ways, this has led to a sense of disconnection. It places a burden on my heart to stay connected with the families that I love, yet I struggle with the best way to do that. So far, connection has consisted of sending in the occasional prayer request or update when something is changing and submitting my annual report and having a telephone conference with the board. Duty and Deployment messed up my...
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  • Calvin Seminary has a very thorough one.

    http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/sermonEvaluationForm.pdf

  • I recently discovered this resource, 4 Truths Church Leaders Should Know about PTSD. I am not personally acquainted with Reboot Combat Recovery (so this is not an endorsement), but the linked...

    posted on: Trauma Healing
  • Great to hear! Can't wait.

  •      luimes, it is a comman fallacy to view the angels on the head of a pin debate as useless, but you have to remember that during the first few centuries of the Church, they were still trying to...

  • Kudos on this blog. I have been thinking along the same lines. I read an article by Carl Trueman on Reformation21 dot org (I tried linking direct to it, but it triggered The Network's spam filter...

  • I was a Ministry Associate and now, of course, a CP. I watched Synod over the web and was extremely surprised by the switch. I had not been alerted that there was even a debate about the name. I...

  • The most offensive part of this whole fiasco has been the promulgation of the idea that "if you're a 'good' Christian you will eat at Chick-Fil-A." The whole thing started as a socio-political...

  • Though not a Zondervan product, the New Testament Exegesis and Old Testament Exegesis, 3d eds, by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, respectively, are the best books I've found that are geared toward...

  • Thanks! I appreciate it.

  • Is there a transcript available to read? I'm in a place where bandwidth is an issue so downloading even an mp3 can be a problem. Thanks.

    Along the lines of valuing the heritage of the Dutch...