It was the summer of 1983. I was skinny then, only 21 years old...and so excited to be part of what was a historic trip for our little college and our denomination as well.

A small group of us was sent to Beijing China to study Chinese at Beijing University. While we kn...

Sometimes, just being lucky in the moment can define you in the

eyes of others. You know, those snapshots of something great done or said that goes viral and makes even the most unlikely among us into heroes.

Like the time I just happened to catch a run-away grocery car...

January 12, 2020

Luke 8:4-15 tells us, "One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: 5 “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on...

January 7, 2020

I was on vacation in VT with my family when I had a dream

which ended in pain. I dreamed I was a spy during WW2 in Germany. At one point, Nazi soldiers were chasing me and I dove off the road into a deep, dark ditch, hoping to hide.

When I dove, I floated—almost like I...

December 12, 2019

My wife Karen and I were asked to play Joseph and Mary in

our Church’s Christmas Musical. We dressed in period-appropriate garb, robes, sandals, etc., and carried the "Baby Jesus" doll wrapped in a blanket to the manger. We did all this while singing, “Silent Night” wit...

December 7, 2019

I was visiting a patient who was actively dying. She was

somewhat unresponsive but still aware of what we were saying an doing around her. I spoke kindly to her, prayed for her, and when I was leaving, I kissed her on the forehead. 

As soon as I did it, I felt at risk. S...

November 23, 2019

I was doing a funeral for an Army Veteran with full military

honors. As you may know, this includes a flag draped over the coffin which is folded and given to the surviving spouse or daughter. In 30 years of ministry, I’ve done several of these, but this was the first a...

November 16, 2019

I was visiting with a very sweet 95 year old lady who had

recently been admitted as a hospice patient. She was mentally sharp, but failing physically with COPD and other ailments. At one point in the visit, she looked me in the eye and said, “Chaplain, I haven’t told a...

November 2, 2019

I knew I had made the right decision regarding having Pastor

Steve Cianci take the lead at our newly created church. This was once again confirmed in my mind when he gave a tithing and sacrificial giving sermon that was the best I’d ever heard.

Still, when I met a new,...

October 27, 2019

Sometimes, out of the blue, God gives us encouragement.

One week, got an inbox full of endorsements based on this email from the Medical Director where I serve as a Hospice Chaplain:
 

"I want to take this opportunity to give thanks for the wonderful man in all our live...

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