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In Praise of Laziness Taking inspiration from Milton's "Paradise Lost," this article by Sarina Gruver Moore illustrates how taking time to be lazy may help cultivate the community relationships needed to resist temptation. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Sarina Gruver Moore Acedia, Rehearsals, and Me In this blog post, Dena Dyer shares her struggle with laziness (acedia) and how, knowing that spiritually and in relationships it takes hard work and time, she continues to submit her struggle to God. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: The High Calling | Author: Dena Dyer Slacking off and the call to Sabbath For overstressed, overworked Christians trying to save the world, watching TV and other squandered moments are not a sign of laziness or complacency but a fitting response to the call to Sabbath. Resource type: Article | Source: Faith and Leadership | Author: Andrea Palpant Dilley You Have Permission to Quit In this article, Sam Van Eman suggests that when communities propagate the belief that rest is more akin to laziness than to honor, they lock themselves into patterns that do more harm than good. Resource type: Devotional | Source: The High Calling | Author: Sam Van Eman “You Will Never Be Lost Where I Cannot Find You.” In this reflection on John 6:35-40, Fr. Daniel Ray describes hungering and thirsting for Christ. Despite our fear, laziness and pride, he is always present, filling the holes in our hearts with himself through the sacraments.... Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest | Author: Daniel Ray The Need for Some Soul Searching Barry Toole's sermon starter on John 3:14-21 emphasizes that Nicodemus needed to be born again in that he needed a radical change in his outlook - from legalism to "true love of God and neighbor." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline | Source: ePriest | Author: Barry Toole Introduction 1 & 2 Thessalonians In his letters to the Thessalonians, Paul repudiates laziness. He made it clear that Christians need to keep at their labors, for the way of Christ is not idleness but service and excellence in work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Theology of Work Project | Author: Colin Nicholl Practicing Perfection Growing in faith and going deeper in discipleship takes practice! But spiritual disciplines aren’t ways we master the holy life; rather, they are ways we invite the Holy Spirit to work within us. Resource type: Article | Source: Ministry Matters | Author: Jenny Youngman The Courage of Jesus Michael Frost on Jesus and laziness, fear, resurrection and sanctification. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: The Work of the People | Author: Michael Frost It Takes an Extended Family to Raise a Child Several illustrations by Matt Woodley on the theme of community, laziness, body of Christ, family, and salvation. The illustrations FOBIA ('Fear of Being Invited Again') and the stories of Simone Biles and elevator are especially powerful.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Mathew Woodley Full Text Hymns on Laziness Your MissionPD
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Many People Are Unable To Obtain Even Basic Provision This article discusses sources of poverty. While poverty can often be traced to sin, some people simply meet unfortunate circumstances. As such, we should withhold judgment while providing financial relief. Resource type: Article | Source: Theology of Work Project Sloth Scott Hoezee and David Bast draw from Matthew 8:28-34 and Galatians 6:7-10 to talk about sloth, one of the 'seven deadly sins', and how it is an enemy of joy, beauty, service—the things of God. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Groundwork | Author: Scott Hoezee The Final Confrontation Even though it is theoretically possible for people who have never heard the Gospel to be saved, the actual situation in which all human beings find themselves is not “neutral.” The final confrontation will sort out... Resource type: Article | Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review | Author: Ralph Martin Eating Apples in the Dark Sometimes it is easier to live in the dark than to face uncertian realities of life in the light. Thomas Lane Butts shares his thoughts on denial and the government in this blog post. Resource type: Article | Source: Day1 | Author: Thomas Lane Butts An Unconditional Surrender: Evelyn Waugh on Acedia "Evelyn Waugh’s The Sword of Honour Trilogy is an engaging modern narrative of acedia." Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Heather Hughes Ninth Sunday after Pentecost  Here is a lectionary entry for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost on John 6:1-21. Included are reading notes, worship planning notes, and much more.   Resource type: Article | Source: Discipleship Ministries Caring for the Poor Drawing on Jeremiah 32, 1 Timothy 6:6-19,and Luke 16:19-31, Susanna Metz reflects on Scripture's imperative to care for the poor among us. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) | Source: Sermons That Work | Author: Susanna Metz Just Joseph This reflection on Matthew 1:18-25 by Edward McIlmail reexamines the circumstances around the birth of Christ, in light of the call to Christians to be instruments of redemption on the earth. Resource type: Devotional | Source: ePriest | Author: Edward McIlmail
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