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  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP) -- The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges today (Aug. 24).

    Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

    "This is great news for both Chaplain Squires and all of the military chaplains who are serving our men and women the U.S. Armed Services," said Gen. Douglas Carver, executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "It is a significant victory for all who support and defend the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, especially regarding the freedom of religion." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A real-life story of forgiveness

    by Rhonda Harrington Kelley, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    Rhonda Harrington Kelley recounts the forgiveness experienced by her father, the late Bob Harrington, after 17 years apart from God, his family and his calling. Read More

  • Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board's inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving "real ministry."

    Steven Turner, however, told them that, as chaplains, they would often find themselves at the crossroads "where death meets life." He reminded them that, in those moments, "Jesus makes the difference." Turner, who serves as the director of chaplaincy services at the Georgia Department of Corrections, encouraged and challenged attendees, many of whom were just starting out their ministry roles. Read More

  • Chaplain survives dismissal attempt

    by Ken Walker, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (BP) -- The attorney for a longtime chaplain who survived an attempt to force him out of the Navy said the decision marks a victory for everyone who believes in religious liberty.

    "This is a case where a commanding officer sought to punish and prematurely end (Wesley Modder's) career because of his religious expression and beliefs," said Mike Berry, senior counsel for the Dallas-based Liberty Institute. Read More

  • 'Bringing God to soldiers and soldiers to God'

    by Rudy Gray/Baptist Courier, posted Friday, May 22, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs, serving in Afghanistan as command chaplain for NATO Special Operations and the Special Forces Joint Task Force, was beginning a series of Bible studies based on Psalm 91, which he calls "David's Fearless Warrior Psalm."

    There was a visitor for the first Wednesday study, Jan. 28. "Normally the new guy just sits there and listens," Riggs said, "but not Jason." Read More

  • Kentucky Derby only 1 day of track chaplain's year

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, May 01, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- As a chaplain, Chris Wong readily talks to people he's never met. At Churchill Downs, that can get you on TV.

    After last year's Kentucky Derby, Wong struck up a conversation with a woman on the grounds. She turned out to be the wife of Steven Coburn, owner of the winning horse California Chrome, and they happened to be in the background of NBC's post-race interview. Read More

  • Charges against chaplain called 'overt attack'

    by Ken Walker, posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 (3 years ago)

    GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (BP) -- The attorney who represents 65 former chaplains suing the Navy for discrimination says the possible dismissal of a chaplain for giving traditional biblical counsel is evidence of a continuing attack against evangelicals.

    For Virginia attorney Arthur Schulcz, the charge of "intolerance" leveled against Navy chaplain Wesley Modder shows how once-subtle discrimination against evangelical chaplains is increasing. The 65 chaplains' cases continue to be waged in various courts alleging instances of discrimination dating back to the mid-1970s. Read More

  • Request filed to void Naval chaplain's appointment

    by Ken Walker, posted Tuesday, November 26, 2002 (16 years ago)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP)--The attorney for most of the evangelical chaplains alleging discrimination by the U.S. Navy has asked a federal court to cancel a Reserve chaplain's appointment to active duty at Jacksonville, Fla.'s Naval Air Station. Read More

  • Class-action lawsuit against Navy expands to 42 plaintiffs

    by Ken Walker, posted Wednesday, June 26, 2002 (16 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--A class-action lawsuit charging the U.S. Navy with discriminating against evangelical chaplains has expanded to 42 plaintiffs. Two Southern Baptists are part of the newest group to file claims. Read More