I want my children to know how to work hard. I also want them to know that hard work doesn’t define them. NATHAN T. STUCKY| MAY 3, 2019 Image: Tim Mossholder / Unsplash The stories we hear when we’re young stay with us. They define us, tell us who we are. For good, and sometimes… Continue reading Sabbath Rest: Not Just for Grownups
Pastoral ministry is hard work. How would you like a resource that could lighten your workload and help teach your church the importance of Sabbath. Well, look no further than the Sabbath Box. Imagine having one week out of every month, where much of the work of ministry planning has already been done for you.… Continue reading Sabbath Box: What if You Could Get a Rest?
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
by Matthew Sleeth We live in a culture of fear. In fact, fear is a hot commodity. It sells. The folks who have the most to gain from fear just happen to be the ones who market it. This may be individuals, but often it’s the media. Nancy and I don’t have television at home,… Continue reading Do the headlines scare you? They shouldn’t, and here’s why.
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
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