The 10 Commandments

If Only...

Original Date: 
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Exodus 20:17 The Ten Commandments: If Only…

King George and the Ducky
I remember when I discovered VeggieTales. It was a revelation.

I was in my first year as a pastor. I was a grown man, a fully-formed adult. We didn’t have any kids yet. But we had these VHS tapes (yes, this was before DVD players) in our church library with talking vegetables that told Bible stories. So I thought I should watch one. And I was hooked!

Thou Shalt Not Be Like Ananias and Sapphira

Original Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Exodus 20:16, Acts4:32-5:11 The Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not be like Ananias and Sapphira

Positive Church Headlines?
Would you want to be a part of a church where this sort of thing could happen?

First Community Church of Capital City started a new program of support for the poor and down on their luck. It was a great program, and really made a difference in people's lives, while at the same time raising the profile of the church in the community. Initial giving to the program was generous and strong.

What's yours is NOT mine.

Original Date: 
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Exodus 20:15 The Ten Commandments: What is Yours is NOT Mine

A Tale of Two Libraries
I went to seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. That’s in Deerfield, IL, which is a northern suburb of Chicago. Just down the road from us was Northwestern University, in Evanston.
While I was there, one of the things that struck me as ironic was the contrast between the two school libraries.

An "Adult" Topic

Original Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Exodus 20:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 The Ten Commandments: An “Adult” Topic

Today’s sermon is about the seventh commandment. This is the one that says: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Live and Let Live

Original Date: 
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Exodus 20:13 The Ten Commandments: Live and Let Live

Stamped with His Image
I’ve got a twenty dollar bill here, who would like to have it?

What if I do this to it? [crumple it up into a ball] Would you still want it?

What if I do this? [throw it on the ground and stomp on it, maybe call it a “worthless, good for nothing, dirty $20 bill”] Would you still want it?


Work & Rest

Original Date: 
Sunday, October 2, 2016

Exodus 20:8-11 The Ten Commandments: Work and Rest

A Hard Question
It was the first question I was asked as a pastor.

Back in the winter of 1997, I was a senior in seminary when Beth and I were invited to spend a weekend at Pleasant Valley Church with the possibility of becoming their pastor. I was interviewed by the search team, spent time with the consistory, and preached on Sunday morning. We stayed with a farming couple—Herman and Shirley. He was an elder.

Name Above all Names

Original Date: 
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Exodus 20:7 The Ten Commandments: Name Above All Names

I Got it from my Father
When I was a kid, we had a plaque that hung in our front porch. It said something like this:

You got it from your father
It was all he had to give
So it's yours to use and cherish
For as long as you may live

If you lost the watch he gave you
It can always be replaced;
But a black mark on your name
Can never be erased

The Right God, The Right Way

Original Date: 
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Exodus 20:4-6 The Ten Commandments: The Right God, The Right Way

Does This Still Happen?
It’s one of the iconic scenes in American cinema: Indiana Jones stands before a golden statue on a stone pedestal. He wants the statue, but he knows that the pedestal is booby trapped. There is a pressure switch, set to the precise weight of the statue. So Indy takes out a bag of sand, estimates the weight of the statue, pulls a handful of sand out of the bag, and then exchanges the one for the other.

No Other God

Original Date: 
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Exodus 20:1-3 The Ten Commandments: No Other Gods

Culture War
Most people have feelings and secrets they keep to themselves… On occasion, however, they may unload their innermost thoughts on a stranger they'll never see again. Capitalizing on that phenomenon--and sensing a shift in U. S. values--two [researchers set out to explore the American psyche in the early ‘90s].