Les Misérables

I am a major fan of Les Misérables. I first saw the Cameron Mackintosh musical on Broadway in 1990; I took a day trip to New York while attending a course at Fort Monmouth, NJ. When I returned home, I took my wife to see the touring company production at the National Theatre in DC.…

Now’s the time to say good-bye …

Today was my last Sabbath preaching at the Spring Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church. In the evening we had the kids’ Christmas program, followed by a social (and farewell for me). Below is a picture of the cake made by Deanna Kleypas. Each family member had a section–mine had my unit crest, Aimee’s had the Eiffel…

Fourth Week of Advent

Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Take away the hindrance of our sins and make us ready for the celebration of your birth, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,…

Third Week of Advent

Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Lord, hear our prayers and come to us, bringing light into the darkness of our hearts; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20. Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with…

Halfway Through

I’m halfway through the Brigade Chaplain Course at Fort Jackson. We have the weekend off, so I’m taking advantage of the break to see nearby family. Yesterday I drove to Fort Bragg, NC, to see a niece and nephew, and his wife. I went to Fort Bragg before I met them, and saw the 82d…

Second Week of Advent

Opening Prayer from the Lutheran Book of Worship: Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son. By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with…

Pope on Catholic Charities

Pope Benedict XVI had issued a new motu proprio on Catholic charities, De caritate ministranda. Whispers on the Loggia has the text. John Allen comments: Among other things, the new rules appear to tighten the scope for Catholic charities to collaborate with groups with whom they may share specific interests, but which also take positions…

Fort Jackson

I’m at Fort Jackson, SC, to attend the Brigade Chaplain Course at the US Army Chaplain Center and School–aka, “The Schoolhouse.” When I first went to Chaplain Officer Basic Course in 1986 it was at Fort Monmouth, NJ. In family lore that became “Fort St. Monmouth”–I called home to give my parents my address and…