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A Commandment to Freedom

The Reverend Christopher Hogin A Commandment to Freedom Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 The Episcopal Church of the Ascension October 8, 2017
Seventeen years ago I read a novel called, A Simple Plan, written by Scott Smith. It’s one of those books that stayed with me. For some reason, it kept popping up in my mind this week as I reflected on our reading in Exodus. It’s a story about three men who go our hunting on a cold Minnesota winter afternoon. In the woods, they encounter a plane crash and find a bag of cash buried in the snow totaling 4 million dollars. Rather than report the money they keep it secret. The plan is this: once a sufficient amount of time has passed, and the authorities give up on recovering the stolen money, they will divide and spend it quietly without notice. The problem is it doesn’t work. The trio become consumed with fear and greed. There’s betrayal, murder, and the loss of innocent lives.By the end of the novel the main character discovers it was all for nothing as he…

Jesus is a Marxist: Stewardship

Jesus is a Marxist: Stewardship Rob Gieselmann, 2017
1. Thinking Differently. I want to get you thinking differently about a few of our religious concepts.
a. The first of these concepts is the Kingdom of God, also known as thekingdom ofheaven. Most of us think of the kingdom of heaven as a geographical place - up there, out there, behind some curtain or veil.
Often, Christians think that you enter God’s kingdom after death,either through baptismor in some traditions that notion of getting saved.
But according to Jesus, the kingdom of God is not a geographic place – rather, it is located within you. He reiterates this concept in The Lord’s Prayer:Thy kingdom come … on earth.
The Kingdom is, as Brett says, right here. Already here, you’re already part of it.
b. By extension, this first concept leads to its corollary: God likewise is not external to you.
God lives, right here. St. John of the Cross describes it as even more intimate - Your soul is God’s location. Your soul is infused with G…