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Ten Commandments Still Relevant?

The Ten Commandments are on my mind, partly because d uring the season of Lent, we hear the Ten Commandments read each Sunday at the very beginning of our service, and so they are a kind of “tone-setter” for our services for five weeks. Another reason I want to write about (and pr each on) the t he Ten Commandments is that I even though many people know what “the Ten Commandments” are in general – commandments that God gave Moses and the Jewish people – not many people are familiar with them... not many people r eally know them as things that are relevant or helpful in daily life . But – as I hope to do in my sermons this and next Sunday – I want to bring the Ten Commandments out of a dusty, ancient irrelevancy they have in many people’s lives into a fresh and very modern spiritual resource. Let me start here: If you were to ask most people what the first commandment is, what would they say? If they could remember it, they’d probably say “Do not have any other g ods but God.”

Negativity Fast, again

Because tomorrow (Wednesday, 13) is Ash Wed nesday , Lenten resolutions are on my mind, and so I'd like to repeat some things I said a year ago this time:  It’s a longstanding custom among many Christians to make resolutions during Lent: to resolve to “give something up” in the 40+ days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, as well as to resolve to “take something on” during that time.  The most traditional areas to “give up in order to take on” are “Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving,” long considered three essential elements of Christian spirituality. Now, of course, it’s great that, for example, many people will be resolving to give up a half hour of Facebook or television, and give that time to prayer. And of course it’s great that many people will be giving up alcohol, or sweets, or snacks, or workaholism , and by so doing, get in touch with the many ways we try to fill our God-shaped hole with something or someone other than God (or -- as in the ca

Without Love, Your Influence is Zero (e + w + f + g) x l = i

A sermon preached the third Sunday in Epiphany (February 3, 2013) The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector The Falls Church Episcopal Falls Church, Virginia Listening to the reading from 1 st Corinthians 13, you may have wondered, for a second, if you’d stumbled into a wedding service this morning: We often hear this passage read at weddings, and for good reason: it has a lot to say about love. But in context of 1 Corinthians, and at root, it’s not so much about love as it is about the influence we have.    A little context: The city of Corinth was, at that time, one of, if not THE largest towns in Greece.             It was a very important seaport, a garrison town             it lay at a Strategic road-juncture                         it was the Capital of the roman province                                                 it was filled with a cosmopolitan crowd So “Corinth” back then was a kind of symbol… imagine taking the power struggles of Washington D.