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  • Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    August 30 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of U.S. Air Force Chaplain Colonel Ronald M. Harvell to the rank of Brigadier General on Aug. 20. With the promotion, Harvell, a Southern Baptist, becomes the Air Force’s 26th Deputy Chief of Chaplains. He has been serving as the Air Mobility Command Chaplain based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

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  • Military chaplain brings soldiers to God, God to soldiers

    May 19 2015 by Rudy Gray, Baptist Courier | with 0 comments
    Military chaplain brings soldiers to God, God to soldiers

    After five tours in Afghanistan and Iran, for a total of 46 months, and numerous Bible studies in combat areas, Lt. Col. Derrick Riggs said he had “never really wondered if someone in our group would not return because of death.” That changed after one of his Bible study participants was killed in combat.

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  • Charges against chaplain called ‘overt attack’

    March 27 2015 by Ken Walker, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Charges against chaplain called ‘overt attack’

    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. The cases continue to be waged in various courts alleging instances of discrimination dating back to the mid-1970s.

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  • NAMB may plant churches outside U.S. & Canada

    February 12 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    NAMB may plant churches outside U.S. & Canada

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) may soon have permission to plant churches outside the United States and Canada if the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee approves an amendment to NAMB’s ministry statement next week. President Kevin Ezell said they requested the amendment in order to plant churches overseas near U.S. military bases …

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  • Prayer cards connecting churches & chaplains

    June 24 2014 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer cards connecting churches & chaplains

    The chaplain prayer cards are one of the resources produced by the North American Mission Board to help churches support their chaplains. One chaplain said that because of the prayer cards, God is using him in wonderful ways to reach people and to minister to their needs.

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  • Carver: Fort Hood counts on chaplains

    April 9 2014 by Carolyn Curtis, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Participating in an April 9 memorial service with President Obama in attendance is one of many ways military chaplains are ministering in the wake of a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left four dead, including the gunman, with 16 people injured.

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  • SBC chaplains share Christ where local church can’t

    March 26 2014 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    SBC chaplains share Christ where local church can’t

    From foreign battlefields to American corporate board rooms to hospital bedsides to the front seats of police cars and more, Southern Baptists minister through their chaplains in some of the most hard-to-reach locations of North America.

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  • Vietnam War chaplains helped soldiers through tumultuous era

    November 11 2013 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Vietnam War chaplains helped soldiers through tumultuous era

    Two South Carolina chaplains share memories of serving during wartime. Chaplains led worship services, counseled soldiers, officiated memorial services and visited the wounded.

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  • Celebrating those who serve: ‘Peace came over me’

    November 4 2013 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Celebrating those who serve: ‘Peace came over me’

    Two years after graduation from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., Thompson was just beginning a distinguished chaplaincy career that would span nearly three decades marked by two major wars. He is one of an estimated 120 Southern Baptist chaplains who served during the Korean War.

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  • Baptist chaplaincy rules consistent with military policy

    September 26 2013 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist chaplaincy rules consistent with military policy

    New guidelines from the North American Mission Board (NAMB) prohibiting Southern Baptist military chaplains from officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies and counseling same-sex couples reflect the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) most basic understanding of separation of church and state.

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  • Catholic chaplains given marching orders barring service to gay couples

    September 25 2013 by David Gibson, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Catholic chaplains given marching orders barring service to gay couples

    Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed to take part in any marriage counseling retreats that are open to gay couples under new rules issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS).

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  • NAMB military chaplain guidelines address same-sex unions

    September 3 2013 by Mike Ebert, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAMB military chaplain guidelines address same-sex unions

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has issued new guidelines for Southern Baptist military chaplains in light of the U.S. military’s recognition of same-sex marriage. 

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  • This year: An Idaho Air Force base removes a painting called “Blessed Are the Peacemakers” because it references a Bible verse. 

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  • NAMB encourages honors for military, chaplains

    May 24 2013 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB encourages honors for military, chaplains

    Many churches will be honoring military members this weekend. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) encourages churches to consider planning now to honor returning military, chaplains and veterans this year near the Independence Day holiday, as well. 

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  • SBC chaplain demonstrates Christ’s peace in war zone

    November 11 2011 by Mickey Noah, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    SBC chaplain demonstrates Christ’s peace in war zone

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (BP) – U. S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Humphrey’s last quarterly report to the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) chaplaincy group in Alpharetta, Ga., reads like the script of a Hollywood blockbuster.

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