U.S. Senate Chaplain Addresses Chapel
By Rachel Judy | April 29, 2011
U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black
U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry Black USN (Ret.) was the featured speaker at a joint Regent University/Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) chapel on Wednesday, April 27. The joint chapel was part of the Week of Prayer sponsored by CBN.
Black is the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate, where he has served since 2003.
Black's address focused on "The Wounded Winner," a name for Jesus Christ taken from Isaiah 53:5. He spoke about the "indifference of contemporary humanity," observing that it is very easy for Christians today to simply gloss over the significance of the cross. "Are we so indifferent to His stripes ... that we crucify Him afresh?" Black asked.
The fact that the resurrected Jesus still bore the scars of His crucifixion is extremely important, Black explained. "The wounds of Jesus remind us that He is the same Christ and not a phantom," he said. "I don't need a different Jesus. With the adversity I experience in my life, I don't need a phantom."
"Let us not be indifferent to the cross," Black urged the audience. "Don't simply watch Him die; don't crucify Him again."
Prior to assuming the position as senate chaplain, Black served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, achieving the rank of rear admiral and ending his distinguished career as the chief of Navy chaplains. He has received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (twice), the Meritorious Service Medals (twice), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (twice), and numerous unit awards, campaign and service medals.
He holds degrees from Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve Regina University and United States International University. In addition to earning master's degrees in divinity, counseling and management, he earned a doctorate in ministry and a doctorate in psychology.
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