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Generations Together Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Generations Together

The fifth commandment is for the whole household.


The fifth commandment provides a way to tap into the resources of the extended family, even if we live apart: Honor one another. Value one another. Take one another seriously. Don’t take each other too lightly. Allow appropriate freedom and room to grow.



For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Dark Sky Holiness,” October 8, 2017.


“Americans have less family than ever before.”

That’s a claim from David Brooks, commentator on PBS NewsHour, Meet the Press and elsewhere. Writing in The Atlantic back in February, he made that statement in an article titled, “The Nuclear Family was a Mistake.”

A mistake?

You might find that title startling because, despite the makeup of the family you grew up in, if you’re like most of us, you probably think of the nuclear family — a married couple with 2.5. kids — as the ideal. Brooks writes, “We take [that] as...

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