What prompted your desire to start keeping a Sabbath?
With my responsibilities as a faculty member and as a Dean I came to realize that the demands of my life were crowding out time for myself, and especially time for reflection and for spending with my ten-year old son. It was necessary just to carve out a period of time for matters that were important, but were not dictated by the demands of life.
What have been some of the biggest obstacle or challenges?
I can’t say that there have actually been serious obstacles. This is perhaps surprising; since I thought that I did not have time to complete urgent tasks and that carving out this time would make it impossible for me to do what I absolutely must do. But this has turned out not to be the case.
What, if any, benefits have you noticed in your physical, mental, and spiritual health since you began keeping a Sabbath?
I believe I am more relaxed, able to sleep better, and have a sense of greater gratitude to God for life.
How has Sabbath keeping affected your family, friendships and/or your ministry?
It has certainly given me more time with my son, has allowed us to spend quality time together on a regular basis, with the result that we have a closer relationship.
Dr. David R. Bauer is the Ralph W. Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies and Dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation. He has served on Asbury Theological Seminary’s faculty since 1984. He received a B.A. from Spring Arbor College (University), a M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He also has done postdoctoral studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Dr. Bauer is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church of North American and a member of the Study Commission on Doctrine for the Free Methodist church of North America. He serves in the Wilmore Free Methodist Church as director of seminary ministries and is the facilitator of the Free Methodist Fellowship on Asbury Seminary’s campus. He is also a frequent speaker, preacher and teacher at camps and local churches and is involved in organizations offering education and support to families who adopt international children, especially international special-needs children. He is the father to his son, Christopher, 10.