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.
Billy Graham answers the question on why God doesn't seem to answer prayers.
Although this controversy happened almost five hundred years ago, it is significant for the church today. This controversy is important today because many deny that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
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.
Some ideas for inspiration to help kids love Sunday school.
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.
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.
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”.
The Bible was the guide book for Puritans in many ways, and Christ was the heart of that. Just as Calvin did, so also Puritans stressed the doctrine of union with Christ in all functions of their Sacraments, worships and sermons. Simply saying, union with Christ was, to Puritans, not the end but the beginning of their spiritual lives.
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.
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.
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.
Elder Kim has gone to be with the Lord last Sunday night. As elder Kim was passing away, a gift he left me was a warm hug. After completing all five services on Sunday, in order to send him to be with the Lord, we worshipped together in his last breath. While we were worshipping, elder Kim’s mind was clear.
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.
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.