A Sabbath Reflection for Christmas

by Cynthia V. Vaughan This week I’m reading from The Sabbath by Dayan Dr. I. Grunfeld.  It has been considered the “finest exposition of the Sabbath available in English” written to “fill an urgent need among English-speaking Jewry.”  You might ask why I am interested in reading a book which was written for Jews.  It’s simple:… Continue reading A Sabbath Reflection for Christmas

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How to Prevent Holiday Burn-out Before it Starts

Nancy Sleeth recently wrote a piece for Relevant Magazine about how the practice of Sabbath can help us avoid the stress that, for many, accompanies the holidays. In the article, Nancy writes, According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 85 percent of people report that time pressures increase during the holiday season. In… Continue reading How to Prevent Holiday Burn-out Before it Starts

Woodworking As Sabbath Rest

As a new, young pastor in the foothills of North Carolina, Mitchell Boughman began hearing about the importance of Sabbath rest during the training and ordination process. He quickly learned, however, that resting doesn’t just mean taking a day-long nap. That’s when he started to connect his personal interest in woodworking and Sabbath renewal. “We… Continue reading Woodworking As Sabbath Rest

Sabbath Rest in a Shaker Village

Blessed Earth’s friends Jeff and Melissa Rogers recently led a group of nineteen couples from two different churches on a weekend Sabbath retreat. The setting of the retreat was the picturesque Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY. The community was founded by a group of Shakers in 1805, and features original buildings and… Continue reading Sabbath Rest in a Shaker Village