Modern Chaplains Ministering to Postmodern Soldiers

This morning I had the opportunity to have breakfast with one of our soldiers who is finishing up his mid-tour leave and about to head back to Iraq. It was good to catch up over some eggs, pancakes and coffee, and we soon found ourselves talking about the spiritual morale among the troops he lives and works with. I was … Read More

Jack HelmerModern Chaplains Ministering to Postmodern Soldiers

BGCT endorsed chaplains exceed 400

By Rebekah Hardage, BGCT DALLAS — The Baptist General Convention of Texas has endorsed more than 400 chaplains. At the BGCT Chaplaincy Endorsement Board Meeting May 21, 11 chaplains were endorsed — 10 new and one transfer. This brings the total number of BGCT-endorsed chaplains to 410. The chaplains cover a wide range of areas. Of the 410 chaplains, 169 … Read More

Jack HelmerBGCT endorsed chaplains exceed 400

Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2007

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America On Memorial Day, Americans pause with solemn gratitude and deep respect for all our fallen service men and women who have given their lives for our country and our freedom. Through the generations, the courageous and selfless patriots of our Armed Forces have secured our liberty and borne its … Read More

Jack HelmerPrayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2007

Faith in the foxhole

By Barbara Bedrick (5/24/07) CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. –The closer one gets to the foxhole, the more spiritual human beings, in general, become according to a spiritual warrior who has served on the Iraqi battlefield.As Americans pay tribute this Memorial Day to those troops who have died fighting for their country, military chaplains like Capt. Bill Perdue, U.S. Navy, 1st Marine … Read More

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Help Teens Cope When Military Parents Leave

Written by Richard E. Dodge When a teen’s father or mother is been deployed for military service, not only is there a vacuum in the family for personal and spiritual guidance, but also the potential for resentment, anger and confusion about why a parent has been pulled away. While no one can replace a parent when youth struggle with questions … Read More

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Mobilizing for Ministry: Helping Families Face War

Written by Richard E. Dodge Christ has equipped millions of Christians to take up the challenge of ministering to individuals and families in crisis. Since the 9/11 attack, thousands of Americans have left home and church to fulfill military obligations while defending freedom. Each military family—those in the military as well as families left behind—represent ministry opportunities for almost every … Read More

Jack HelmerMobilizing for Ministry: Helping Families Face War

Welcome Home! What’s Next?

Written by HomeLife Staff Tony Rankin, clinical therapist and father of an active-duty Marine, says the key to reentry is “anticipation, expectation, and realism. The most necessary response is empathy.” Envision what life has looked like from both perspectives. Matt says after a long deployment, he feels “like a stranger” in his own home. Lori says it’s “hard to go … Read More

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Stress Relief for Military Families

Written by Bonnie Erb This article is courtesy of ParentLife magazine Q: “My spouse is serving overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces. I am finding it challenging to handle the separation. Can you give me some practical suggestions for dealing with the stresses of military life?” A. There are seven suggestions I would offer to help ease the stresses of … Read More

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Providing Lifelines for Military Spouses

Written by Major Steven E. West, USAF A young woman walked into my office in tears and asked if she could talk to me. Before I could respond, she sat down, buried her face in her hands and began to cry uncontrollably. Two weeks earlier her husband had walked out of the house and had not returned. She had only … Read More

Jack HelmerProviding Lifelines for Military Spouses

Ministering to your military members

By: Bill Graham, Lifeway Christian Resources Fort Campbell, Ky., is home of the Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division, and First Baptist Church in Clarksville, Tenn., has a unique ministry opportunity to the soldiers and families of Fort Campbell. “Our purpose is to provide emotional and prayerful support for these special people,” said Bill Graham, associate pastor of missions and ministry, … Read More

Jack HelmerMinistering to your military members