Jesus: Our Resurrected Sabbath: 2017 Lenten Guide

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.

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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

The Sleeths live out the Importance of Rest, Retreat, and Family

I’m often struck by the irony of my parents’ ministry: they work hard teaching about rest.  They’re traveling or speaking constantly–some years they’re on the road more days than they’re at home.  They take a Sabbath every week, of course, but the other six days are crammed to the gills. As their office manager, I… Continue reading The Sleeths live out the Importance of Rest, Retreat, and Family

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Come Sunday: Sabbath Thoughts from an Old Testament Professor

The following reflections are taken from Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt, by Dr. Renita J. Weems. One of the nation’s leading African-American female preachers and theologians, Weems shares her early memories of Sabbath through the lens of the “colored” community. Special thanks to Cynthia V. Vaughan for sharing these excerpts with Blessed Earth. “Once upon… Continue reading Come Sunday: Sabbath Thoughts from an Old Testament Professor

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