A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 30, 2006
Cowboy’s Ten Commandments (Cross Trails Church, Fairlie, TX)

The Ten Commandments is delivered a little differently at the Cross Trails Church of Fairlie, TX. A “Cowboy’s Ten Commandments” or “Ten Commandments—Texas Style” is posted on the wall of the “cowboy church.”


All About Texas
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - TEXAS STYLE
April 07, 2006 9:50 AM

People here in Texas have trouble with all those shalls and shall nots in the Ten Commandments. Folks here just aren’t used to talking in those terms. So, some folks out in west Texas got together and translated the “King James” version into “King Ranch” version: Ten Commandments, cowboy style. Cowboy’s Ten Commandments
posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas.

(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin’.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin’ before God.
(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
(7) No killin’.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff

USA Today
Posted 3/11/2003 12:52 PM
Cowboy church rounds ‘em up on Sunday
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY
FAIRLIE, Tex. — At sunset on a chilly Sunday, lay preacher Shannon Moreland leads a trail of horseback riders up to a refurbished old church not much bigger than a doublewide trailer in the scrublands northeast of Dallas.

Trucks and horse trailers — and a lone Lincoln Town Car — pack the lot as 200 people stamp the grit off their boots and crowd in.

They’ve come to Cross Trails Church for an hour of no-frills Gospel. They’ve come to pray, weep and whoop cheers as eight new believers are baptized in an 8-foot circular, blue plastic horse trough.

For all the spunky kids, pillowy grandmas and sturdy men in overalls, the room is dominated by young fellows with powerful arms, unruly mustaches and bandannas knotted over red-brown necks.

Moreland, in a low, slow voice, praises “the hand of God, not the hand of man.” And the burly men, tall in the saddle of daily life, curl over still and small for the penitential Sinner’s Prayer.

This is cowboy church — straight-shooter, sinner-saved-by-grace theology throwing a rope out to the lost, the lonely and those who long for an unvarnished faith.

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From:  Jesse
Date:  Mon, Apr 14 2003 8:34 pm

USA Today in its 3/10/03 edition had a large article on two Cowboy Churches in Texas. They printed the Cowboy’s Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas. It was too good not to pass along.
(1) Just one God. 
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin’.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin’ before God.
(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
(7) No killin’.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.
Guess cowboys just kinda tell it like it is!

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, November 30, 2006 • Permalink