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Pray for those you don’t know

If you regularly read this weekly column, you’ll know that I often recount the inspiring stories of the patients I meet in...


Selfish reality of iFaith

Everywhere I look these days, I see someone bee-bopping down the street with earbuds connected to their iPhone or...


Unforeseen complications of marriage

This is the season feared by most ministers: wedding season. In fact, most ministers would rather do a funeral than a wedding.


What’s love got to do with it?

As a hospital chaplain, I introduce myself to nearly two dozen patients every day. Most of them greet me with the friendly...


The power of the blessing

In the Baptist church where I grew up, Deacon Bob taught our Sunday school class that rites and rituals were of Catholic origin...


Believing in a God-guided evolution of the world

Early next month, my wife and I will travel to Ecuador where we’ll scratch off another bucket list item. Thanks to a tax...


Integrity shows when no one watches

I began my Air Force chaplain’s career at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif. I served there for three years as a...


Evangelical pick-up lines

In 1977, I was attending Baylor University while working an internship at Immanuel Baptist Church. With Southern Baptist Jimmy...


First, pray for yourself

During my cross-country speaking jaunts, I’ve practically memorized that part of the flight attendant’s safety...

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