Oaths of Office

On Friday I received my commission as a Chaplain (First Lieutenant) in the US Army and in the Indiana Army National Guard. Here are the oaths I swore. I, Christopher Thomas Duckworth, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Indiana againstContinue reading “Oaths of Office”

The Bible’s “Marathon” Verses – 26:2

I am running my second-ever marathon this Saturday. A marathon is 26.2 miles. For no reason other than the novelty of it, I present here every chapter 26, verse 2, of the Bible – out of context, and perhaps quite odd to read in isolation from the broader story of the text. The marathon distance is rather arbitrary,Continue reading “The Bible’s “Marathon” Verses – 26:2″

Bible Verse in a Box with a Majestic Nature Scene

Have you ever noticed that so many of the inspirational Bible-verse-in-a-box images that get passed around on Facebook and Twitter superimpose the words of Scripture over a majestic nature scene? A mountain peak reaching into the skies. “I will set my eyes to the hills – Psalm 121” Ocean waves crashing on rocks as theContinue reading “Bible Verse in a Box with a Majestic Nature Scene”

Same Gender Marriage & The State: A Perspective Rooted in Freedom & Faith

Yesterday I stood with hundreds of fellow citizens outside the doors of the Indiana State House Judiciary Committee, which held a hearing on HJR-3 – a proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. I was part of the large crowd opposing this unnecessary, anti-family proposal. As a personContinue reading “Same Gender Marriage & The State: A Perspective Rooted in Freedom & Faith”

Decline of What?

The church is in decline. Sure, I guess. But, what do you mean by that? Membership is down in many congregations. Average weekly attendance is down, too. They are down as compared to 1965. They are down as compared to 1985. They are down, in many places, as compared even to 2005. There has beenContinue reading “Decline of What?”