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The Power of One

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Reading Time: 3 minutes
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…
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Where has he been?

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Reading Time: 6 minutes
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.
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Look For The Helpers

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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…
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A Charge to Keep I Have

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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.
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SOUND “THE STILL”!

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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.
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