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Chaplain Tom Kendall is a Law Enforcement and Jail Chaplain with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department in Noblesville, Indiana. He also serves in the position of Commissioner with the Carmel Police Department Merit Board. He lives in Hamilton County, Indiana and is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Tom is a non-denominational minister at Horizon Christian Fellowship in Indianapolis and is heavily involved in community service in this area. Tom is certified at the senior level with the Sheriff's Chaplaincy Conference, where he is also a Board Member and assists with their annual Chaplain's Training Conference held in October of each year. Some of his community service activities include volunteering with the Red Cross and is a member of the Hamilton County Local Area Planning Committee which serves the County Emergency Management Agency. Tom is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and in FEMA's National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS).

Examining The Earth Charter

Examining the Earth CharterExamining The
Preamble of the
Earth Charter


Tom Kendall

Few people in America are even aware of this document called the “Earth Charter“.  Its development and promotion have been no secret, but it has not been an issue covered in any depth or regularity by the mainstream media, and as a result, has gone unnoticed by our entire population.  The exceptions might be people deeply involved in the “green” or “environmental” movement.  Probably not their casual supporters, but in the leadership of those organizations.

 The complete text of the Earth Charter can be found on their website at  This document, however, is focused on examining the meaning behind the words, the people who are behind the words and the document,  and what their world view, perspective and goals may be.  Let us begin. Continue reading Examining The Earth Charter

Reflections on My Afternoon – Don’t Text and Drive

Reflections on My Afternoon
As a Sheriff’s Chaplain

Chaplain Tom Kendall

I am sharing my personal thoughts with you about an afternoon I spent a few years ago.  For some, it will provide a snapshot of what Law Enforcement Chaplains all over the country do every day.  But most important, I hope and pray it will make you stop and think before you pick up your cell phone and send or respond to a text message, or even a call, whenever you are driving.  This incident was not unique to me, as it repeats itself many times a day all around our country.

PLEASE NOTE: Some descriptions and the photos may be considered graphic by some so please consider this before reading beyond this point

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The Biblical Description of Hell

Biblical Description of HellThe Biblical
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By Tom Kendall


One of the issues often avoided in teachings from the pulpit, bible studies and general conversation in the Christian community seems to be the issue of “hell”. For some reason, it seems to have a mystique about it that some may think invites evil spirits into their lives. However, if it was not to be studied, taught, discussed and understood, God would not have given us the information in the Bible. Because He did, and because it is there, I believe we should study and understand it just like any other aspect of scripture.

In this document, I will attempt to bring together many of the resources found is scripture that gives us a glimpse of the afterlife, and in particular, what we refer to as “hell”. In studying this topic, we must also consider other key issues that include what we refer to as “heaven”, as well as sin, punishment, reward, salvation and a host of issues that contribute to the complete understanding of this topic.


As we begin, it is important that we look at the original Greek and Hebrew words used in scripture and what they meant to those to which the original books were written. The first key word is the Greek word “Hades”. ᾅδης [hades /hah·dace/]   In the Strong’s biblical word reference, this is word number 86. When translated into English, it translates into “hell” ten times and the word “grave” once. Here are applications and meanings as described in Strong’s:

  1. Name Hades or Pluto, the god of the lower regions.
  2. Orcus, the nether world, the realm of the dead.
  3. later use of this word: the grave, death, hell. Additional Information: In Biblical Greek it is associated with Orcus, the infernal regions, a dark and dismal place in the very depths of the earth, the common receptacle of disembodied spirits. Usually Hades is just the abode of the wicked, Lu. 16:23Lu. 16:23
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    23 In Hades, he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far off, and Lazarus at his bosom.

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    , Rev. 20:13,14Rev. 20:13,14
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    13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

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    ; a very uncomfortable place.

A very uncomfortable place, indeed. Certainly not a place most people long to be for eternity. It is also helpful to take a closer look at some of the descriptions of “Hades” and how they may be used today. Sometimes, these old, classical words find their way into secular use and minimize the meaning of them as we Plutothink of them in modern terminology. For example, the word “Pluto”.   It is the name of one of our planets. But the name is that of the “god of the lower regions” as understood by the ancients.   It is also the name of Mickey Mouse’s dog.  Who could possibly think the happy, carefree dog of Disney would be symbolically named after the ancient god of the underworld.   I am confident Walt Disney never intended to try and portray Pluto as something other than the cartoon character it is, in our modern society, we do not normally associate anything related to “hell” with that name.

It is a similar situation with the name “Orcus”, the nether world, the realm of the dead. It is from this word where the French word “ogre” likely originated. An “ogre” is defined as:

Shreck1: a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings : monster
2: a dreaded person or object

Ogres for centuries were the scary, ugly monsters we grew up afraid of always fearing they hid under our beds at night or in the dark corners of our closets. Today, Ogre is the lovable green character in Shrek that kids love, and certainly don’t think of as being a scary monster that wants to devour them in their sleep.

How did we get from studying “hell” to Shrek? Simple. Many of the words and concepts we think of in modern day are complete changes of the original derivatives and the original meanings of the ancients. Therefore, it is no wonder we are easily confused when we hear some of the meanings and definitions of the original words used in the Bible. How often do we hear the word “hell” spoken in general conversation and on television? It has become a benign term that is no longer unacceptable in most conversational circles. Continue reading The Biblical Description of Hell