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Army chaplain: War’s realities underscore need for love, prayer

By Mel Baars, Special Contributor It is Sept. 11 here in Afghanistan, a fitting time to reflect on the nature of military chaplaincy and Jesus’ command to love even our enemies. Since the war began, the United States has sustained more than 2,000 casualties. Indeed, last month was the deadliest month the United States and […]

Small UM church offered big support to deployed pastor

In 2007, when the Rev. John Mark Branning decided he was young enough, at 33, to answer a call for military chaplains, he had the support of his United Methodist congregation in Mississippi behind him. Three years later, when his Army National Guard Unit was deployed to Iraq for a year, that support was extended […]