The Ten Commandments (and a Few Suggestions)

Staff_McDermott, TomI always loved the Tonight Show with Jay Leno segment called Jay-Walking. Well, it’s a love-hate relationship, I suppose. The questions and answers left me with such a mixed reaction of laugh-out-loud incredulity at the responses people gave along with a deep sense of angst and terror about the future of our civilization!

Who wrote the autobiography of Abraham Lincoln?” Jay asks one 20-something-year-old.

“I couldn’t tell ya.”

How about the autobiography of Malcolm X?”

“Couldn’t tell ya that either.”

“Who do you think would write your autobiography?”

“Oh, that would have to be my friend, Justin!”


To another woman, he points to a U.S. flag on a nearby pole and asks, “How many stars are on the flag?”

She says, “I don’t know. It’s moving too much to tell.”


And then, one of my favorites, “How many commandments are there?”


“Can you name any of them?”

“Yeah. Freedom of speech!”

ten-commandments-1111Well, you could probably name more — maybe all ten. I’m not going to list them here, though. But you go ahead and see if you can remember them. I desperately memorized them one night when I was 14. That’s a seriously curious story I’ll share this Sunday (don’t want it left in print for all eternity, to be honest . . .)

But with all the talk and chatter and political posturing and self-righteous blather and the “jumping on and off the Separation of Church and State train” regarding the Ten Commandments of late, it’s curious to me how few of these people really do know the Commandments, much less the fact that the commandments we actually think of as being THE Ten are not the only, nor the final, Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. That’s a curious story too. To see these commandments as God’s Divine moral code of human conduct is also to miss much of the point.

But I’m digressing. What’s important to remember about the Ten Commandments for now is that I hope you will join us Sunday for a new mini-series as we explore them in a new way for the next couple of weeks — not simply as God’s rules and regulations for living in an ordered, moral society, but more as an invitation to understand humanity, creation, and to join in a celebration of life. We’ll get there, I promise!

Join us Sunday for some special musical guests, great storytelling, and a couple of musical surprises you won’t want to miss live!



Sunday, October 15

eleven:eleven celebration

“so, tell me what you want (what you really, really want . . .)”

Rev. Tom McDermott

special musical guests with the eleven:eleven band and music from

 Elton John, The Eurythmics, and Trout Fishing in America


Plan on staying after church for our Focus First small group conversations about the future of FUMCFW. Here is a link to the survey and sign-up for the Sunday and Wednesday discussion groups. The Focus First survey collection and small group conversations end October 20.


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