Sunday, August 11, 2019

Plaid

I love the movie "Space Balls." There is a scene where they are traveling in outer space and their spaceship keeps getting faster and faster...light speed, warp speed, etc...until the fastest speed of all...plaid!!

I have gone plaid!! Every since the announcement of this deployment, time seems to have gotten a lot faster.

Many people have asked how they can pray for me. I usually say the same thing, "pray that I will be present wherever I am." I have borrowed this from the Quaker tradition.

I don't want to miss a moment of all the great things that are happening at CUMC right now...I want to be present.

I don't want to miss a moment of all I need to do to properly prepare to be deployed...I want to be present.

I don't want to miss a moment with my family in these last few days we have together...I want to be present.

May the God of "kairos" time allow me to be aware enough in this present moment and no other...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

O-5

It was recently announced that I have become a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. My official promotion ceremony will probably be this Fall. I am still trying to get my mind wrapped around this fact.

This rank has been something that I have worked hard to achieve and has been a long time in coming. I am still not sure I am worthy of joining the ranks of other incredible Lt Col that I have known.

One of the most inspiring Lt Col I have known is Greg Clapper. He was my very first Wing Chaplain at the 122d. When I struggled to adjust to the demands of military life, he was there with a listening ear and supportive heart. He encouraged me to not just be a good pastor in uniform, but to be a good officer as well.

13 years ago, Greg set the vector of my USAF officer course and I am grateful. I can only hope to be 1/2 the Lt Col he was.


Monday, July 29, 2019

The 411

Here are details as I know them for my upcoming 3rd deployment:


  • I am being involuntary mobilized to be full time at the 181st Intelligence Wing (IN Air National Guard) in Terre Haute, IN
  • From Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020
  • I am an Endorsed UMC Air National Guard Chaplain, which means I have two Divine appointments (local church and ANG)
  • Bishop Trimble has announced that I will return as Senior Pastor to Churubusco after my deployment (I am very grateful and humbled) 
  • I will not be an employee of CUMC while I am away
  • There will be an interim Senior Pastor appointed in my absence
  • The very able Pastor Doug will continue as Associate Pastor 
  • 181st does not housing on base, I am responsible for finding my own 
  • No solitary person deploys...I am grateful for family, friends and congregants that have and will continue to support me on this journey...thank you! 


Disclaimer--READ THIS FIRST PLEASE!

This is a disclaimer!

In this blog I will not speak for the Federal Government, the Department of Defense, the United States Air Force, the Indiana National Guard or the 181st IW.

This is a space to publicly process with those interested readers some of what I experience. My formal training is as a pastor.  My intent is to share theologically as a pastor to whatever "flock" that might follow me here.

There is much I will not be sharing in this space such as any mission particulars or stories that are not my own.

Furthermore, I will not be discussing anything related to Churubusco UMC. While deployed, I will not be their pastor and it is not my place to interfere with all the great things that I know will happen while I am away. They are a great church filled with awesome servant leaders. They don't need me weighing in from afar.

With this disclaimer, I welcome you on this journey...


War @ Home

I have intentionally named the blog for my 3rd deployment "war @ home" for a couple of different reasons:

  • The war on terror is literally being fought full time right here at home in our great state of Indiana
  • The Sensor operators that are interpreting the drone footage from the war zones all day are then expected to go home and play with their kids/spend time with family/etc. and act like nothing happened since what they witness is top secret
We have entered a new era of war fighting. I am expecting to learn a lot about myself and the great men and women that wear the uniform with me as I serve as an USAF Chaplain.