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Norman Brown

Chaplain Norman F. Brown graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, in 1969. He served aboard destroyers during the Vietnam conflict and ashore in San Diego, Calif., as an instructor. By then God had made clear his call to work in pastoral ministry, and Norman entered Calvin Theological Seminary, graduating in 1980. Chaplain Brown pastored churches during his ministry career but spent most of his time as a navy chaplain. During one assignment he served three years at Holy Loch, Scotland, where he and his wife, Ruth, encountered the Iona Community and their emphasis on spiritual disciplines. Chaplain and Mrs. Brown have three married children and nine grandchildren.

April 30, 2017

All We Need to Know

John 20:30-31; 21:25
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room . . . .

April 29, 2017

What Happened at the Beachfront Bbq

John 21:15-19
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

April 28, 2017

153 Fish!

John 21:1-14
“Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” . . . It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.

April 27, 2017

Loving the Unseen Savior

1 Peter 1:3-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him.

April 26, 2017

From the Belly of the Beast

Jonah 1:17-2:10
“I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

April 25, 2017

The Divine Adversative

1 Corinthians 15:19-28
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.

April 24, 2017


1 Corinthians 15:1-20
If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

April 23, 2017

The True Way to Life

John 14:1-17
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well.

April 22, 2017

Sealed and Secured

Psalm 16:5-6
Lord . . . you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.

April 21, 2017

The Healthy Skeptic

John 20:19-29
Unless I see the nail marks in his hands . . . and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.

April 20, 2017

I Believe; Help . . .

Mark 9:14-29
Everything is possible for one who believes. . . . The boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

April 19, 2017

Emmaus Road: Walking Enlivened

Luke 24:28-35
Their eyes were opened and they recognized him. . . . “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

April 18, 2017

Emmaus Road: Walking Enlightened

Luke 24:25-27
Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

April 17, 2017

Emmaus Road: Walking in Ignorance

Luke 24:13-24
As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

April 16, 2017

The Resurrection: Frightening News

Matthew 28:1-10
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

April 15, 2017

Boldly Burying the Dead Savior

Matthew 27:57-66
Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus . . . asked for Jesus’ body . . . and placed it in his own new tomb.

April 14, 2017

What’s So Good About Good Friday?

John 19:1-30
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

April 13, 2017

Washing Feet

John 13:1-17, 31-35
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

April 12, 2017


John 13:21-32
Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

April 11, 2017


Isaiah 49:1-7
This is what the Lord says . . . “the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

April 10, 2017

Bitter Tears Over Jerusalem

Luke 19:41-44
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace . . . .”

April 9, 2017

Shouting Stones

Luke 19:35-40
Teacher, rebuke your disciples! . . . If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.

April 8, 2017

Untamed Colts

Matthew 21:1-7
Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.

April 7, 2017

I Trust in You, Lord

Psalm 31:1-16
But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me. . . .

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