Mormon Bashing

“‘All things are lawful,’” but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23 This week The Current in Westfield and The Current in Carmel included a 12-page “advertising supplement” entitled “Non-Mormon Temple Visitors Guide.” In this “guide” provided by Tri-Grace Ministries of Ephraim, Utah, you’llContinue reading “Mormon Bashing”

What a Week

(My weekly church blogpost shared here, as our church website is in transition) Remind me not to take vacation during the last week in June ever again. I remember watching the Phil Donahue Show one summer in late June as a kid, shortly after school let out (I was a really fun kid. Really.). They wereContinue reading “What a Week”

Right to Religious Freedom? Yes. Right to run a business according to your faith? Not necessarily.

Our nation’s commitment to the free exercise of religion is unwavering. Religious organizations are tax-exempt, and gifts to religious organizations are tax deductible, lest the tax code be seen as a burden to the free exercise of religion. Americans are free to assemble with people of like faith and to practice their faith in community without fearContinue reading “Right to Religious Freedom? Yes. Right to run a business according to your faith? Not necessarily.”

“Still”

“There are still problems (with racism and inequality) and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up.” – President Obama, November 24, 2014 One of the most important words President Obama spoke on Monday night was the word “still.” “There are still problems,” he said. Still. The Civil Rights era might have seen theContinue reading ““Still””

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”