This sermon by Sean Cordell, pastor of Treasuring Christ Church in Raleigh, NC, highlights the significance of coming to Jesus Christ for rest.
*This article was originally published by Relevant Magazine. I love my work. Like many Americans, I pride myself on a strong work ethic. But sometimes I feel like I’m working all the time. Instantaneous communications, nonstop connectivity and the option of working from home are all great. But they can also make us feel like… Continue reading What the Bible Says About Enjoying your Weekend
This week I’ve been preparing to lead a Lenten day of silence for a nearby church. I know that may sound like an oxymoron: How exactly does one prepare for leading a silent retreat? Well, in this case, the organizers asked me to pick a theme that relates to Lent and then select three meditations, followed by… Continue reading The Four-sided Peace of Sabbath
As the Church moves toward the season of Lent, Margaret Kornfield offers us the following reflection in Cultivating Wholeness. Kornfield’s message of meaning-making and remembering who we are especially resonates with us as we live into Lent: “It is through religious celebration of the liturgical year that most of us stay connected to the… Continue reading Lent: A Time for Meaning-Making and Remembering Who We Are
from The Temple (1633), by George Herbert Sunday O Day most calm, most bright, The fruit of this, the next worlds bud, Th’ indorsement of supreme delight, Writ by a friend, and with his bloud; The couch of time; cares balm and bay: The week were dark, but for thy light: Thy torch doth show… Continue reading A Sunday Sabbath Poem by George Herbert
The Lenten Sabbath resource Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath has been updated for 2017. It is full of free resources and ideas for leading a congregation or group through a Lenten Sabbath experience.
by Guy Brewer I yearned to pray today but found it very hard to calm my racing thoughts. Like many others, I feel a lot of internal and external pressure to complete my “holiday chores,” whatever that means. I tried making a “to do” list so I would not forget all of the important trivia… Continue reading Blown Glass: An Advent Reflection
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
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
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