Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life

by A.J. Swoboda (Blessed Earth Pacific Northwest Director) Nearly 10 years ago, as a college pastor at the University of Oregon, I toiled nearly 80 hours a week doing the “work of the Lord.” No boundaries. No rhythms. No intention. No rest. Every crisis was my crisis. Every complaint was my problem. Everything and everyone came to me. The long… Continue reading Keeping the Sabbath Saved My Marriage, My Ministry, and Probably My Life

New Resource: The Subversive Sabbath by A.J. Swoboda

I have the pleasure of announcing a new book by my friend and colleague, Dr. A.J. Swoboda.  A. J. directs our Blessed Earth operations in the Pacific Northwest. His book is called Subversive Sabbath.   For those of you have read my last book, 24/6, (and for those who haven’t), I highly recommend that you get ahold of… Continue reading New Resource: The Subversive Sabbath by A.J. Swoboda

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A Sabbath From the Headlines

On July 31, I made a decision: For the coming month, I would Sabbath from checking the news. About a year ago, when the elections were heating up, I fell into the habit of checking three news sources each morning. One of the sources was on the conservative end of the spectrum, one liberal, and… Continue reading A Sabbath From the Headlines

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When Sabbath Came to Church

Dr. Guy Brewer, Director, North Carolina Sabbath Living Initiative (Guy offers this reflection on the Sabbath Living retreat held on Memorial Day weekend for pastors and clergy of AME Zion Beaufort District and UMC Sound District in North Carolina.) “Everybody in church was your momma. It didn’t matter where you sat or who you were… Continue reading When Sabbath Came to Church

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24/6 is Now an Audiobook!

Blessed Earth is pleased to announce that thanks to Two Words Publishing 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life is now available in audio format. You can learn more or purchase a copy on their website.        

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