[author’s note: from our deployment in Iraq.] August 22, 2010 I just spent a week in Baghdad, Iraq, former home to a despotic, homicidal and now dead dictator. The first thing you notice are the palaces—large, ornate, sprawling structures of stone and marble. There is no other word than magnificent when you first see […]Read more "Rambling on Iraqi Palaces"
Is it more proof of the general resurrection to come, the presence of outhouses in cemeteries? It was a beautiful day when I went searching for a small out of the way Lutheran cemetery in the middle of Sherman County Nebraska. Finding the plots took some time but worth it to view a relatively old […]Read more "Ramblings on the Transfiguration and Outhouses"
[author’s note: from our time on deployment to Iraq.] August 15, 2010 Part of my current job is to play the bad guy. Oh sure, you know me as a meek, humble, quiet, unassuming man of God, but in the Army, when you’re the deputy anything you have to be the bad guy. It works […]Read more "Rambling on Threats and the Assumption"
[author’s note: from our time of deployment in Iraq.] August 8, 2010 Here in Iraq we try to make everything as “homey” as possible. That’s why there is a Burger King, Pizza Hut and Subway within two blocks of our chapel location. We even try to make the chapel and especially the Eucharist, the Mass, […]Read more "Rambling on Practical Christianity"
[author’s note: From our deployment to Iraq.] July 25, 2010 Last week one of our Chaplain Assistants, a young married Sergeant, had a brief crisis of conscience. Let me first say that he is Baptist. The more knowledgeable among you will say what kind of Baptist? To tell the truth, I’m not sure. The […]Read more "Rambling on Hindu gods"
So what do you do when two raccoons move into a grave someone else is supposed to occupy? In the rural town of Rockville, Nebraska (When you say Rockville, Nebraska do you have to say rural?), the Catholic Church has a small cemetery called St. Mary’s. The church itself was sold a few years ago […]Read more "Ramblings on Raccoons and the 14th Sunday of the Year (A)"
[author’s note: From our deployment to Iraq.] July 11, 2010 Unusual things happen at Cathedral. I’m not saying this to insult or compliment anyone; it is a fact that every priest in the diocese knows—unusual things happen at Cathedral. A few examples? Sure. There was the time two years ago I came back to the […]Read more "Rambling on the Unusual"