As we finish our series on the Ten Commandments, we also remember the beginning of Holy Week. How did not bearing false witness lead us here?
Trying to finish our series on the 10 Commandments, we are doubling up today--with stealing and coveting. One we can see, and one is just invisible. Both go to the heart of our contentment with God and ourselves.
As Providence celebrates our 20th Anniversary we spent some time looking back, recalling how where we have been. But we also thought about how we honor our fathers and mothers--both biological and spiritual. We become who God calls us to be!
Of all the commandments, "Thou shalt not commit adultery," hits closest to home. We all know someone who has been affected by the breaking of this commandment. But what does it mean and how should we live it today?
On this Super Bowl Sunday everyone is arranging their lives around THE GAME! What if we oriented our lives around sabbath, a time to orient our lives and remember what is important?
The text is quite simple. "Thou Shalt Not Kill." But apparently it isn't simple to live. Nine South Carolinians are killed every 5 days by gun violence. Today Providence joined 1,300 other churches to commemorate "Stand Up Sunday" as a way of making a difference.
On Sunday afternoon I received an email from Andrew Knapp at the Post and Courier who was very helpful in preparation for this sermon informing me that there was another gun victim early Sunday morning. That brings the number to 6. We will add another cross in his memory.
Is there anything distinctive about the way you talk? How does the way you talk of God--even never using God's name, say something about you? Our world needs a different voice in the ongoing conversation!