Good News: Back in Uniform

Personal Reflections

I recently achieved one of my goals of getting back into military chaplaincy. I actually joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in late spring. However, this past Thursday was my first time at the armoury […]

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Good News: The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Personal Reflections

One of the goals that I have had is to get back into the army reserves, specifically the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. I loved my experience as a chaplain with the Lorne Scots Regiment and […]

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Why I Want to Return to Military Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy

For a number of years, I served as a chaplain (padre) in the army reserves here in Canada. I absolutely loved it. But I eventually released for two reasons: one was that I was starting […]

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Closing a Chapter

Today was a big day for me in that I took the first step in closing an important chapter in my life and ministry. Today I started the paperwork for my release from the army […]

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Video Blog: What is a Padre?

Leadership and Ministry

I have decided to experiment with a video blog. The basic idea is to video myself on my iPhone wherever I may be. No effort will be put into making it polished. There will be […]

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Getting Some Exercise

Personal Reflections

I can almost guarantee that this good news post has nothing to do with what you think. It is true that it is about health and my physical state but it is not about running […]

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Advice for Potential Young Military Chaplains

Leadership and Ministry

I have had quite a number of pastors talk to me about a desire to become military chaplains. I am a chaplain (or padre) in the army reserves and I love it. It is one […]

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Why Should a Church Support Their Pastor in Military Chaplaincy?

You may be a part of the leadership of a church that has a pastor interested in reserve military chaplaincy. Your pastor may have introduced the subject and you are not sure what to think. Why […]

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Basically I am Qualified For My Occupation

My good news for this week (really the last two weeks) is that I am now a qualified military chaplain. While I completed my BMOQ (Basic Military Officer’s Qualification) a couple of years ago, on […]

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On Being a Christian Chaplain in a Non-Christian Military

Leadership and Ministry

When I tell people that I am a military chaplain, there is one concern that is frequently bought up. Am I forced to compromise my Christian faith? I would respond with an emphatic “no” and […]

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7 Reasons Why Pastors Should Consider Military Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy

One of the most rewarding parts of my life has been my role as a military chaplain (padre). I hear from pastors who are considering joining the army but are not sure if they should. I […]

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The Sword of the Lord

As a reserve army chaplain, I am interested in both the history and the nature of military chaplaincy. That is why I was looking forward to reading The Sword of the Lord: Military Chaplains from […]

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Should Christians Serve as Military Chaplains?

Before I go into this topic I should share two things: 1) I am a Christian, and 2) I am a military chaplain. Based on this you may be able to guess my answer to […]

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The Role of a Military Chaplain

Leadership and Ministry

One of the most fulfilling parts of my ministry is my role as an army chaplain (commonly called a padre). I love being a padre and having the opportunity to both get to know the […]

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Invading Fort York

I spent the day today at Fort York. The reason is that the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil is there until Wednesday. I was there in my role as an army chaplain in case anyone needed to […]

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A Padre’s Tale

Second World War

“Close to where fierce tank battles raged only moments earlier, an Army chaplain crouches over the lifeless corpse of a British soldier and carefully stitches him into an impromptu body bag.” As we remember D-Day, […]

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Basic Training

Good News

It was two years ago this month that I did my basic training at CFB Borden. At the time, I thought it was one of the most difficult things that I had ever experienced. Tonight […]

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