Ask a number of people how well they do at keeping the ten commandments, and you'll find that if there's one that most feel confident about, it's that they haven't murdered anyone. But is that really true? What really counts as "murder"? When unpacked, it becomes clear that loving God demands an unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life.
God's people are to be marked by an honor for their parents. Having been drawn into the family of God by adoption, the Christian obligation to honor is much wider than mere biology. And the ramifications are huge: Unless we honor our earthly parents, we cannot rightly claim to honor our heavenly Parent.
We again accept apologies as we failed to record this week's sermon. Adjustments in our A/V setup are causing some (hopefully) temporary glitches.
Many of us were taught not to "swear," that it was somehow inappropriate--though we didn't know why--to shout "God" or "Jesus Christ" in frustration. Is that really what it means to take the name of the Lord in vain? Or is there something a lot deeper? (Note: Sermon audio forthcoming.)
Laugher can be a mark of scorn, surprise, and unbridled joy. The story of Isaac's birth is a story of laughter in many forms that points us to our greatest joy and contentment in Jesus Christ.
How to be go about making disciples? Jesus gives us the guidelines in Matthew 28:16-20. How are you engaged in making disciples?
God tells the Israelites to not make a graven image. What does that mean for us today? Does it have any relevance? In short, yes. Idolatry is the perverse desire to domesticate deity, and it is an ever-present danger for us.
Are the 10 Commandments to be celebrated or reviled? Cherished or rejected? We begin a series on the 10 Commandments and look at what it means to have no other gods.
The Patriarch, Abraham, pleads with God to save the residents of Sodom. How do we approach a righteous God when we we ourselves are so unrighteous?
As Christians, we're "prone to wander... prone to leave the God" we love, as the old hymn goes. Because of that danger, we're called to bring each other back.