Category Archives: Grief

The Tentacles of PTSD Run Deep

As more time passes since my tours in Iraq it becomes more clear just how deep the tentacles of PTSD run deep into just about ever aspect of life. It is as if long gangly strands have wrapped themselves around … Continue reading

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The “de-churched”

The English language is amazingly fluid. We are constantly joining words and parts of words together to communicate new concepts. De-churched is one such word that has come on the seen over the last couple of years. The de-churched are … Continue reading

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The Pain of War Continues…

This Memorial Day weekend has been particularly difficult for me. The memories of the loss of friends and people I served with as their pastor in Iraq have been brought to the forefront of my memories . Every bleeding and … Continue reading

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Loss, Trust and a New Work

While serving in Iraq during combat operations in 2006 my lungs were damaged. By 2008 the resulting breathing problems had progressed to the point I was medically evacuated from Iraq during my second tour as an Army chaplain. After more … Continue reading

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When problems come our way…

  Trouble…. Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble Trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born” song by Ray Lomontagne Stuff happens! Sometimes we are at the center of the problem with the choices we have made. Others also make … Continue reading

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“All Torn Up Inside” Trauma, Injustice and God

“All Torn Up Inside”  Trauma, Injustice and God Psalm 73:21–26 (NLT) 21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. 22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a … Continue reading

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Suicide in the U.S. Army – Part 1

 Numerous news reports bring to light the continued growing suicide problem in the U.S. Army. 2006 numbers topped 2005, 2007 topped 2006 and so on. The trend is continuing all the way through 2010. According to an NPR report “Army … Continue reading

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