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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 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 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 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 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 Preaching in Advent: The Meaning of Christmas This audio-recorded lecture on the meaning of Christmas is the third of three in the series, "Witness through Preaching & Worship: Preaching through Advent". It was delivered by Donald Mcleod at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1963.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Theological Commons (Princeton Theological Seminary) Author: Donald Macleod 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 News That Illustrates A collection of sermon illustrations that is drawn from news articles on the topics of Gospel story, death, stress, culture, laziness, technology, seeking God, substitution, sacrifice, Christ, salvation. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Matt Woodley Doing Instead of Being An illustration about how busyness is essentially laziness. This is because it's filling time with our actions and not God's. This is appropriate for Matthew 22:4-5 and Luke 12:16-20. 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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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 Love Is Work An illustration by M. Scott Peck: "Since love is work, the essence of nonlove is laziness." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: M. Scott Peck 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 Celebration of Vocations (Labor Day) This sermon starter and commentary on Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and Proverbs 14:23 offers worship resources from an African American perspective for a celebration of vocation for labour day. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Robert Charles Scott The Dilbertization of Work An article on vocation: "Some of us are deeply unsatisfied with our work, but we hang on - we need the paycheck. How should we think about work when we are unhappy with our jobs?" Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Al Hsu The Businessman and the Fisherman Through the German story of “The Businessman and the Fisherman” Sam Van Eman, with the help of Carl Sundblad, a Christian businessman, considers the issues of money, faith, and work. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Sam Van Eman Love for Lost Sheep This devotional explains the context and meaning of Matthew 18:15-20, where Jesus instructs his followers on reconciliation. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest
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