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Ten Commandments

The church does not reign over the world anymore and cannot enforce its beliefs on others. That leaves the legal system of the United States as the only recourse for some, but that path carries a price. […] Read More

Church consultants and pastors have spilled much ink regarding how churches should welcome guests. There is a reason for that: Churches, from veteran churches to church starts, need to learn how to greet guests and be the welcoming community Christ calls us to be. You may be surprised to know that this does not come […] Read More

I am the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. Jim Huff, executive secretary of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is also a plaintiff.  Last year, I filed a complaint […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on September 2, 2012. Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Morning Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the skills, the talents, and the education that allow us to work in meaningful endeavors.  Because of your direction, we thank you for guiding and directing us to fields and opportunities […] Read More

My earliest memory of encountering the Ten Commandments was in Mr. Orth’s Sunday school class in the junior department. Some of them were relatively easy to understand: “Don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t worship other gods.” Some required a little interpretation: I didn’t know what “covet” meant, and a “graven image” was a little obscure. Taking […] Read More

The Ten Commandments trump the Sermon on the Mount in Tennessee, the buckle on the Bible Belt, where repeated efforts have been made to post the Ten Commandments in public buildings without corresponding efforts to post the Sermon on the Mount. Most recently, Tennessee state Rep. Matthew Hill introduced a bill to have the Ten […] Read More

NEW YORK (RNS) It is an irony of history that the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai on two stone tablets are found in their purest form on a strip of ancient parchment so delicate that it is hardly ever seen by the public. A rare exception is being made this holiday […] Read More

Chosen People, Chosen Ways

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on October 2, 2011. Exodus 20:1-21; Philippians 3:4b-14 They’ve been at this for about three months now. Actually, the word “about” doesn’t apply. It’s been exactly three months – from “that very day,” we are told – since the Israelites fled […] Read More

WASHINGTON(RNS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 22) chose not to reexamine its decision to strike down displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The high court ruled in 2005 that the Ten Commandments displays outside two county courthouses violated the Constitution’s Fist Amendment. After that ruling, the counties attempted to revise and […] Read More

(RNS) An Ohio county court judge who argued that it was his First Amendment right to hang a poster about the Ten Commandments in his courtroom was overruled Wednesday (Feb. 2) by a federal appeals court. Judge James DeWeese of Richland County, Ohio, had argued that “judges are not First Amendment orphans” as he sought […] Read More