Recent Sermon By Dr. Mark Liederbach “Be Still”

Seminary Stewardship Alliance Vice-President and liaison representing Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Mark Liederbach, recently preached on Psalm 46, “Be Still,” at Southeastern’s Chapel Link to sermon here: Dr. Liederbach Sermon “Be Still” Link to sermon notes here: Sermon Psalm 46 – 3.24.2015 Liederbach  Dr. Mark Liederbach has served as the Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture at… Continue reading Recent Sermon By Dr. Mark Liederbach “Be Still”

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Put Down Your Phone, Reflect, Remember, Reconnect

Sherry Turkle, Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at M.I.T., has interviewed hundreds of people of all ages about their daily fixations on social media and new technologies like smartphones and tablets. In a recent interview with Scientific American, Turkle is worried that there’s at least one hidden cost to our addiction to… Continue reading Put Down Your Phone, Reflect, Remember, Reconnect

Busy Pastor, Husband, Dad Cliff Wall Finds Refreshment In Sabbath Living

Cliff Wall, pastor of the Puett United Methodist Church, sent us a wonderful sermon on Sabbath keeping. He graciously answered our questions regarding his family’s sabbath-lifestyle. My wife, Christi, and I have 4 children and one on the way.  I have pastored a rural United Methodist church in Dallas, North Carolina since 2012.  I have… Continue reading Busy Pastor, Husband, Dad Cliff Wall Finds Refreshment In Sabbath Living

“30 On-Ramps To Sabbath”

30 On-Ramps to 24/6 24 + 6 Ways to Think, Talk, Write, and Preach about the Sabbath Matthew Sleeth, MD  When I wrote 24/6, I believed that reclaiming Sabbath practices was foundational to our faith. Since the book was published, our ministry, Blessed Earth, has led retreats for more than a thousand clergy and preached… Continue reading “30 On-Ramps To Sabbath”

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One-Day Sabbath Retreat Format

24/6 Sabbath Living Workshop

10:00-10:10                 Welcome (Host)

10:10-11:00                 Session 1: Our 24/7 World and Why We Need 24/6

(Play segments 1 and 2 back to back, followed by first set of discussion questions. If the group is small, you can discuss the questions all together. If you have ten or more people, break up into smaller groups of about five-eight for discussion times.)

11:00-11:10                 Coffee Break

11:10-noon                  Session 2: How We Do 24/6 and Your 24/6 Life

(Play segments 3 and 4 back to back, followed by second set of discussion questions)

Noon-12:45                 Lunch

12:45-1:15                   Session 3: Church Leaders and the Sabbath

(Play Eugene Peterson interview in bonus material, followed by third set of discussion questions)

1:15-1:45                     Session 4: Writing Your 24/6 Plan

(Have 1 copy of clergy plan for each attendee printed and ready to hand out; encourage people to pray for guidance, fill out in silence, and then when they are ready go through their plan with someone else in the group)

1:45-1:55                     Next Steps ( resources and how you might help                                           each other stay accountable)

1:55- 2:00                    Closing Benediction






Sample “away” Messages for Clergy

Many pastors ask for ways to incorporate a “Sabbath culture” in their churches. One example is to teach Sabbath living through church communications such as email and websites. Below are some sample voice or email messages for when you are taking your Sabbath:

Sample “away” messages for clergy: 

Thank you for contacting me. Please know that I look forward to being in touch with you.  I am away from the church office, as Monday is my Sabbath. If your matter is of an urgent nature, please contact our Church secretary, Doris Day, at 222-333-4444.”

“This is Pastor Bob, and I am sorry to miss your call. I will be on Sabbath today and will respond to all voicemail tomorrow morning. If this is a matter that needs immediate attention, please contact lay leader George at 222-333-5555. Thank you for calling.”

How Will You Measure Your Life?

Below is an excerpt from “How will you measure your life?” by Clayton Christensen, PhD. Dr. Christensen, a life-long Sabbath-keeper, is a professor at Harvard Business School. I came to understand the potential damage of “just this once” in my own life when I was in England, playing on my university’s varsity basketball team. It… Continue reading How Will You Measure Your Life?