• For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. - Paul to Timothy (II Timothy 1:7) One of the greatest challenges that I face in my role as chaplain (whether as a hospice chaplain or professional sports chaplain) has been overcoming a spirit of fear, of timidity when it comes to people. Perhaps you have heard the phrase "it's nice to be wanted" but for the chaplain many times they are not necessarily wanted, or people do not necessarily know that they want or could benefit from a chaplain. This is more challenging in the professional sports environment because people are not typically as broken - they have health, they earn a high

    Sep 08,
  • Last week, the news finally came, Hospice of Saint John would finally be closing its doors. The announcement to staff was not necessarily a surprise as this past July, the 2nd oldest hospice in the United States had to close its inpatient facility. The final close of doors is dependent on getting patients transferred to other hospice care and shutting down its operations, but there will no longer be a Hospice of Saint John. The Hospice of Saint John will always have a close place in my heart - it is where I first began paid vocational ministry work after finishing seminary. I started as an 0n-call weekend chaplain before working for nearly three and a half years in that

    Sep 01,