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A theory of jerks Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc. Resource type: Article Source: Aeon Magazine Author: Eric Schwitzgebel
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 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 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 “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 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 Losing Faith in Church When we invite doubters to inspect the body of Christ, wounds and all, we offer a testimony more than intellectual argument and manicured image. We offer an example of Christian faithfulness fit for the real world. Resource type: Article Source: Colossian Forum Blog Author: Rob Barrett Don't Be Lazy Like the Cheese A devotional reflection by Marcus Goodyear on 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13. Goodyear uses a comical story of being reprimanded, in a foreign country, for laziness to emphasize the goodness and importance of work. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling 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 The Dilbertization of Work - Study Guide This study guide uses the comic strip "Dilbert" as a launching point to discuss how we consider the value of our jobs. The guide includes liturgical elements and discussion questions. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Star Wars and the Power of Story, Leadership Pressure, and an App for Gas A collection of sermon illustrations that is drawn from news articles on the topics of the gospel story, death, stress, culture, laziness, technology, seeking God, substitution, sacrifice, Christ, and salvation. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley Doing Instead of Being In this sermon illustration for Matthew 22:4-5 or Luke 12:16-20, Eugene Peterson argues that busyness is the same thing as laziness because it's the decision to fill our time with our own actions instead of God's. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Eugene H Peterson Full Text Hymns on Laziness Well, Jesus helps meanies and goodies and baddies©
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Love Is Work This sermon illustration for Proverbs 13:4 and Ecclesiastes 10:18 quotes M. Scott Peck as saying, "Since love is work, the essence of nonlove is laziness." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: M. Scott Peck Pharaoh's privilege Dave Barnhart applies various scriptures to contrasting a biblical view of poverty with the perspective of those who are privileged, beginning with Pharaoh in Exodus 5:17-18. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Dave Barnhart Resistance to the Demands of Love While God wants to kick down the door to our hearts and flood them with his love, we want to keep the door partially shut to preserve our old treasures. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung Worship Planning: Out of Bondage This resource provides suggestions for planning worship for the twenty-second week after Pentecost, including lectionary text, planning notes, songs and prayers. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Do-Nothings The movie 'WALL-E' reminds us that a do-nothing couch potato existence is actually repulsive and dehumanizing. This illustration explains how the film portrays laziness is and corresponds with Proverbs 13:4, Romans 12:11, and Genesis 2:2. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Tom Nelson Faithful Work Colin Nicholl considers the reasons the Thessalonian church had stopped working (1 Thessalonians 4:9–12 and 2 Thessalonians 3:6–16). The church erred by believing that Christ’s coming into the world radically diminished the value of everyday labor. Resource type: Article Source: Theology of Work Project Author: Colin Nicholl The Living Bread and the Lord of Creation This resource includes reading and worship planning notes, et al for John 6:1-21 in which Jesus feeds the five thousand as the bread of life, then walks on water as the Lord of all creation.   Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: United Methodist Church - Discipleship Ministries 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
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