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Army Chaplaincy (and why I want to do it!)

As some of you may already know, I am in the process of being commissioned as an Army Chaplain in the United States Army.  It is a decision that Maria and I have thought over, prayed about, and have continued to pray and think about over the past few years.  Just recently, I received notice that I have been endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing agency.  When the certificate came in the mail, addressed to "Chaplain Aaron Kesson" I swallowed my own spit and almost choked (no joke!)  Now, I know that I cannot be officially called "Chaplain" in the sense of my role in the Army as of yet because I have yet to receive my commission, but the thought of it is very exciting!

As a part of my application process, I had to submit an essay entitled "Why I Want to Be an Army Chaplain".  It sounded easy enough, until I realized it had to be one page exactly.  I wondered how in the world I was going to fit all my excitement and anticipation into one page.  Well, he…

Real Men Share Their Feelings

I do not consider myself a feelings kind of person, nor do I talk nearly enough about my feelings with my wife.  However, we both experienced a weekend where we had no outside distractions, meals taken care of, and lots of time to spend talking about and expressing our feelings with one another.  This rare opportunity to spend time away from kids, work, and household responsibilities taught me a valuable lesson in re-committing to the marriage vows I promised to Maria about 9 years ago.  It's amazing that, even though our marriage has remained strong, we both needed this time to rekindle our relationship and I believe we are much stronger as a couple for it.

One big realization I had during this past weekend is that real men share their feelings, and here's the best part... It's sooooo worth it!!!  It has been easy for me to tell countless couples, either in premarital or marital counseling that sharing feelings is vital for a healthy relationship, and to offer them tools…

Stepping on Palms

This morning while preparing for our community Good Friday worship service to be held in our church today, I ran across several pieces of palm branches that were left over from our Palm Sunday worship this past week.  At first, I did not give any thought to the significance of finding these palms on Friday... But soon it hit me... The palms of celebration and welcome, the palms of hosannas and blessings, are the very palms that would be trampled upon by the feet of an angry crowd shouting "crucify him!", faithful followers of Jesus wondering "is he really the messiah?", and the bruised, blistered, sweaty, bloody feet of Jesus himself as he carries his cross to the place of death and torment...

For you...

For me...

For us...

What do the leftover palms speak to your heart today, on this Good Friday?

Why, Jesus?

The following is the manuscript and audio from the sermon I preached this Palm/Passion Sunday at EUMC, entitled "Why, Jesus?"  Join the conversation...


“Why, Jesus?” Mark 15:1-39 April 1, 2012 Emmanuel UMC Rev. Aaron B. Kesson

Reading and hearing these words from Mark 15 sends shivers up my spine each and every time I experience them.  Unlike the words of the procession of palms, these words are wrought with despair, wrenched with hopelessness, foreshadowing betrayal and the experience of humiliation, and end with isolation and death.  You may be asking why we are hearing these words on this day.  I mean- Why don't we just stick with the waving of palms and the humble entry of Jesus upon a borrowed mule? - Why don't we simmer with the elaborate images of what it would have been like to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem, shouting hosannas! and blessed be the one who comes in the name of the Lord! as our hopes and dreams for Messiah have become closer to reality?  It wou…