Not in Vain

What’s in a name? Well, it turns out that the answer to that question is “a whole lot.” Names can be venerated and names can be tarnished. They can follow someone around, and they can come to symbolize character and personality. Names matter. Especially the Name of God. … [Read more...]

No Other Gods

As Dr. Peterson mentioned last week, we will be working through the 10 Commandments, or 10 Words, this semester in chapel.  He introduced the topic last week, and it is now my task to begin with the first commandment.  The initial challenge we face, though, is where exactly the first commandment or word starts and ends.  You may have noticed this already, but they are not numbered for us.  Later in Exodus and Deuteronomy, the writers refer back to these “10 Words” or Decalogue (Ex. 34:28; Deut. 4:13; 10:4), but they don’t enumerate them for us.  Depending on which of at least three different numbering systems you … [Read more...]

Ten Words for Today

The Nash Papyrus, dated to the 2nd century BC, includes an early version of the Ten Words. (Wikimedia Commons considers this photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional work of art to be in the public domain in the United States.)   (Adapted from a homily presented in AGST chapel, 29 January 2018.) And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them.  The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.  Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive … [Read more...]