Charitable Giving and the CFC

Whether or not you believe in the concept of the exact tithe, charitable giving remains one of the basic tenets of Christian living. Besides “passing the plate” on Sunday, the Combined Federal Campaign is one of the more popular means through which members of the military have an opportunity to give.


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What is the CFC?

The CFC is a government-sanctioned means of Read more

MRFF Files New DoD Lawsuit

Michael Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation has asked for two delays in the required timeline to file a response to the DoJ’s motion to dismiss the MRFF’s ongoing lawsuit.  Reasons for the requests included the “number of pages” of supporting material in the DoJ motion, and the requests have been unopposed by the DoJ.

It appears, though, that the law firm representing the MRFF actually had other work keeping them busy: they have now filed a second lawsuit (text).  Like the first, it takes a single “issue” (in this case, the requirement that soldiers attend events in which sectarian prayers are delivered) and lumps in every possible accusation against religion in the military.  Much of the lawsuit is verbatim from other filings.

For example, it once again includes unspecified accusations against Officers’ Christian Fellowship.  It also includes references to the Ft Wood “Free Day Away,” which, as noted, has already been investigated by the Inspector General and found to be in compliance with regulations.  It also still includes complaints about the 523rd Fighter Squadron, which no longer exists, and hasn’t for some time.

Unlike the first lawsuit, it does say that the primary plaintiff, Specialist Dustin Chalker, sought permission Read more

Gen. Richardson on “Combat Chaplains”

An interesting Air Force release on Maj. Gen. Cecil Richardson, Air Force chief of chaplains, notes his recent presentation on “combat Chaplains.”

He notes that

military chaplains are working hard in deployed environments to help ensure servicemembers have their constitutional right to worship God in their own way

In response to a question of whether Chaplains are “anti-war”: 

Chaplain Richardson said chaplains, like all military members, are anti-war, just like all firefighters are anti-fire and all police are anti-crime.

“But in a fallen world, sometimes fire happens, and thank God for the wonderful firemen,” Chaplain Richardson said. “Sometimes crime happens, and we need the police. Sometimes you have a war and need people to stand up and defend our country against those who would do harm to innocent people.”

New Pilot Grads to fly UAVs

According to the Air Force Times, the Air Force has officially decided that it will start sending new pilot training graduates not to F-16s, F-22s, or C-17s, but to UAVs.

Brig. Gen. Lyn D. Sherlock, director of air operations at the Pentagon, said

We would welcome volunteerism and hope some students will step up and put [UAVs] on their list.

Military Deploys Religious Support Teams

According to AF.mil, military Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants have been deployed in support of the populations affected by Hurricane Ike.  From the press release:

Religious support teams provide spiritual support, death notification, moral support and critical incident stress management, among other services.

A hurricane reminds us what is really important–our faith, family, community and country–[and] puts everything into perspective…

Book Review: Now That You’re in the Military Service

David Grosse
Beacon Hill, Kansas City, 1978.
Topic: Christian living

This “book” was apparently originally a pamphlet intended for young Christians entering the military. It was written by a Nazarene Air Force chaplain. The age (published in 1978) and abbreviated length of this book (62 pages) prevent it from being terribly useful, though it introduces some important topics. It is more “stuff to think about” than concrete behavioral advice.

Not recommended, primarily because the information contained therein can now be obtained in more modern detailed sources.

This book is available from Amazon.

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