This week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (OK, I know this is late — I was out of town)

My niece just had a baby. I had some advice for her while she was pregnant. “Don’t tell anyone the names you are considering, because someone will invariably tell you a story about someone they know with that name who did something awful. They will always associate that name with that event. And while you were not a witness to that event, your affection for the name might be colored.” OK, so maybe that is a stretch, but names are important. Here is a story I remember from my lawyering days. Gary Matthews petitioned the court to have his name legally changed to “Boomer the Dog.” In his petition, Mr. Matthews stated, “I’ve been known as Boomer the Dog by my friends in the community for more than 20 years. I want to bring my legal name in line with that.” Judge Ronald Folino denied Mr. Matthew’s name-change request, arguing that it would cause too much confusion. Folino observed, “Although the petitioner apparently wishes it were otherwise, the simple fact remains that he is not a dog.” The third commandment is about the name of God. Do we know what God’s name is? We are prohibited from misusing that name. What does that look like? And what does it have to do with Boomer the Dog? Come and hear about it on Sunday, September 23 at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church when Pastor Jeff preaches “What’s in a name? Based on Exodus 20: 7.

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