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Common Army Chaplain Questions, and Answers to Them

I would randomly but frequently receive emails or Facebook messages asking for advice and information regarding the Army chaplaincy from future chaplain hopefuls. Many of the questions are very similar and it would seem helpful to pastors who may be interested in the Army chaplaincy for me to share some of the correspondences that I have had with them. This Q&A is a collection of different questions from different pastors who have inquired me regarding joining the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

Learning How to Read Provides You with Wings to Fly

The letter I’m writing to you this week is an understanding that I really want to convey to you, my beloved saints. It is to realize that there is a way in books. I think of books as God’s greatest gift to humanity. The greatest book of all is the Bible. God has placed the way to salvation in the Bible and gave it to us as a gift. The Bible is God’s Word. Through the Bible, we know and encounter God. The Bible is a treasure that contains the knowledge and wisdom of God. The problem is that we are not able to find the treasure in the Bible because we don’t know how to read the Bible.

Jonathan Lee

A Pastor's Journal Series: On Jealousy

Perhaps one of the most destructive forces hidden under the blanket of ministry is jealousy. I'm struggling with it once again, which I'd thought had under control. It all began with a couple of recent articles about a new trend of the 1.5 generation Korean-American pastors getting love-calls from mega-churches in Korea.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Power of Continuity

Every year I along with four other pastors (KiChae Han, HyungEun Ji, KwanJae Yoo, and ChanKyu Lee) have been leading pastors’ seminar. This year, we shared a joy of serving pastors in New Zealand. It has already been 6 years. We first began small, but we see our continuity being resulted in the amazing way. Whatever it may be, continuity brings out amazing power.

Jin O Jeong

Sola Gracia – Lutheran’s Theology of Salvation by the Grace Alone, Part I

The clash between Martin Luther and Desiderius Erasmus over the issue of free will is “one of the most famous exchanges in western intellectual history”. On September 1, 1524, Erasmus published his treatise On the Freedom of the Will. In his treatise, Erasmus emphasized Human Free Will in cooperation with Grace: “By free choice in this place we mean a power of the human will by which a man can apply himself to the things which lead to eternal salvation, or turn away from them”.

Jonathan Lee

The Exchange of Treasures

Have you ever thought about the original concept of money? When there was no money yet, people used what they had to buy what they needed in the form of exchange. It was simple and direct; grain for salt, salt for silk, silk for animals, animals for grains, back again. The system of exchange was primitive yet effective, and beneficial for all.

Joshua Choon Min Kang

The Wisdom of Cultivating Intimate Love

Erich Fromm has written a book called The Art of Loving a long time ago. In his book, Erich Fromm emphasizes that love is not ‘possession’ but ‘being.’ He emphasizes not to love in the way of possession but to love in the way of being. An immature person thinks of love as possession.

Jonathan Lee

A Pastor's Journal Series: Kaleidoscope or Telescope

Another busy and hectic year is winding down as we enter the last couple of weeks of the year. As I look back at the continuous turning of the stages of circumstances and incidents throughout the year, I was reminded of the kaleidoscope of life.

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Bye, Bi-Vocational Pastor

It seems my tri-vocational role has got the best of me. As of Feb. 2016, I am not anymore a tri-vocational pastor. In fact, I’m not sure if I’m a pastor anymore because one of the positions I had to drop was being a church pastor. With “just” being a hospital and US Army chaplain, I am now in ministries where no one calls me a pastor, but a chaplain.

Thom Rainer Joy to Pastors

Fourteen Sentences That Brought Joy to Pastors

I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of that church.

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