Author: Michael Milton

Be There

Introduction “The soldier’s heart, the soldier’s spirit, the soldier’s soul, are everything. Unless the soldier’s soul sustains him, he cannot be relied on and will fail himself and his commander and his country in the end.”[1] General George C. Marshall spoke those words at Trinity College. He went on to earn the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for his plan, “the Marshall Plan” to establish peace. “The Soldier’s . . . soul [is] everything.” General Marshall’s words apply to pastoral theology in this way: The ministry of presence, just being there, is one of the most powerful resources in...

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To Be A Christian

Introduction One of the lessons we learn as children is to wait. But waiting is a mystery to a six-year-old boy. My Aunt Eva could really cook up a good lemon meringue pie. Oh, my. That cold and luscious yellow custard, so tart, so sweet, settled beneath a mound of glazed sugar, whipped up into a cloud of goodness, just settling over that delicious golden filling, a nestled onto a flakey crust, the kind that soaks up the scrumptiousness of the lemon custard in the pie. I can almost taste it now. Well, one-day Aunt Eva had some ladies...

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Confessing Christ in the Secular Age

Is the Church entering a new epoch where the Church must confess Jesus Christ in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor called “the secular age?” One of the most extraordinary passages in the synoptic Gospels is the confession of Jesus’ identity by the Apostle Peter. This famous event in church history occurs in Matthew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-30, and in Luke 9:18-22. There are a myriad of remarkable spiritual dynamics at work in the passage, each of them with far-reaching theological and practical implications for the Church and, consequently, for your life and mine. We should consider, for instance, Jesus’ unequivocal...

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Call the Midwife: Pain, Providence, and Promise in Exodus 1 and 2

Life is filled with mystery. Many of our sorrows and if we would admit it many of our successes are attributable to powers other than ourselves. It can leave us feeling helpless. It is as if there is a deeper spiritual battle raging just beyond the veil of our existence. This past weekend I had Chaplain duty. I am the command chaplain of U.S. Military Intelligence. A soldier came to me and said that she had heard me in Chapel that morning and was intrigued by the message and how the Spirit that was pervasive in the Chapel. I...

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Portrait of a Minister Approved by Christ

1 Timothy 4:6-16, “If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we...

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