Taking too many Chances

Taking too many Chances

It literally was like a scene from a movie
Before they opened the doors for people the stream in at the funeral home, two military members stood in front of a flag draped coffin. One was the Marine Corps Inspector/Instructor who ran the closest reserve center. I was the other one, a chaplain.

From the Rubble

From the Rubble

Someone recently asked me what my hopes were regarding the recent release of my book From Rubble to Redemption…A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers. I was surprised at how quickly I responded. I told him that the book is about rubble, tragedy, and loss. It is also about how the Lord has promised that even in the midst of hopelessness and despair, He can reach us—even if…

The Power of One

The Power of One

I recently submitted my manuscript for the upcoming book From Rubble to Redemption-A Ground Zero Chaplain Remembers. It is a memoir, but so much mare than that. It is an invitation to an encounter with God in the midst of the rubble of our failures and traumas and brokenness. The book should be…

What’s That Sound?

What’s That Sound?

These next weeks I will be posting material from my upcoming book, Chirps From The PiIe. It is a memoir of sorts of my time as chaplain at Ground Zero in the weeks following 9/11. Hopefully it is much more than that.

My prayer is that the reader will feel…

Where has he been?

Where has he been?

The geese in the distance were honking their intention to get back up north. It’s 2021 and the ice storm in Oregon is over. Some of the more odious pandemic restrictions are being eased; just enough to hint at some sense of normalcy after a nightmarish year of lockdowns, wildfires, and non-stop riots in the streets. While driving on the Interstate, I started to notice a pattern. Every few minutes a crumpled up, letter-sized piece of paper hit my windshield. One sheet, then another.

Look For The Helpers

Look For The Helpers

Fifty at a time our sad pilgrimage began. Every passenger on the NYC passenger ferry had lost a family member…a husband… a wife.. a mom… a dad… a child. The sailings were timed to the minute… choreographed and structured to provide some sense of safety. I was a chaplain, there to provide such support as was possible as these wounded devastated families made the trip to Ground Zero…

A Charge to Keep I Have

A Charge to Keep I Have

To my family and friends who are watching footage of what’s presently happening in Portland Oregon, allow me to give this brief update and give you leave to quit following me on Facebook or on this site if what I am going to share  offends you. I am going to address a topic which has all the potential to stir passionate responses…The so called Separation of Church and State.

SOUND “THE STILL”!

SOUND “THE STILL”!

Today I learned that rioters in Seattle tried using quick drying cement to trap police in a precinct building they were attempting to incinerate. We’ve seen ample footage shot by ‘mostly’ peaceful protestors using their smart phones to film unarmed elderly shop owners trying to put out the fires set by ‘most peaceful’ mobs. Those taking the footage apparently thought  it was more important to film than to help the people getting kicked in the head on the ground. Once beautiful tourist destinations like Seattle and Portland now conjure up images of Mogadishu.

They’re Coming for the Cross

They’re Coming for the Cross

Well the mob in Eugene is coming for the cross.
I had the privilege for over a decade to teach at the then Eugene Bible College. A former student contacted me last night and shared a link to a local news feed that reported that the mob of mostly peaceful protestors is coming after the 50 foot cross that used to be a landmark in Eugene.  In 1997 it was moved to the campus of what is now called New Hope Christian College.

If I Were the Devil

If I Were the Devil

My undergraduate degree is in History. I had an emphasis on German history…particularly the period known as the Weimar Republic. I was fascinated to learn  that otherwise sane, brilliant disciplined people could so quickly surrendered their wills, their children and ultimately their lives…