I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
Nicodemus in the Shadows
Peter Wallace's reflection on Jesus’ ministry and death, based on texts from the gospel of John, is written from the perspective of Nicodemus who questions what it would be worth risking to stand with Jesus.
Creation Care and Sabbath Rest
Jamie Skillen talks about the doctrine of creation by looking at God’s purpose in creation and how that applies to creation care, explaining the importance of Sabbath rest.
This sermon starter and commentary on Luke 13:10-17 reflects on Sabbath rest, suggesting that a church who rests in God’s presence is a church who’s labor creates space for healing, liberation, and unbinding.
Social Media, Sabbath and Silence
There are cultural currents that misshape not only the church’s engagement with its mission but also community life in general. Bill Walker shares three ways to counter these currents: fast from social media, sabbath, and silence.
Reclaiming God’s Intent for Sabbath
Amid controversy among Christians about Sabbath-keeping, Michelle Van Loon reflects on the Sabbath as God’s gift of rest, restoration, and renewal in community.
The Neighborhood: A Company of Friends
In this article, Kyle Childress shares the story of how he has learned to enjoy Sabbath and trust God and God's people through his friendship with six pastors.
Sabbath: A Practice in Death
“Loss or decline in productivity is practicing death,” Barbara Brown Taylor says in this film. While enjoying the pleasure of no work but plenty of food and company, living into Sabbath comes with a little death.
Missing the Joy
Sabbath day is community day. Marva Dawn explains what the church means and how we should understand the Sabbath day so we do not miss the joy of keeping the Sabbath and find rest.
Full Text Hymns on Sabbath
Lord of the SabbathPD
Come, O Sabbath day, and bring Peace and healing on thy wingPD
Don't Forget the SabbathPD
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Bowling on the Sabbath
Blaine and Sarah McCormick's description of their family sabbath practices could be a source of sermon illustrations or a stimulus for discussion of sabbath observance.
This prayer poem reflects on the commandment to observe the Sabbath while asking for help in forsaking the need to accumulate material things and compete for acclaim in exchange for trusting God for our daily needs.
Sabbath Questions and Busy Minds
Kara Root reflects on the challenges of embracing rest and the concept of the Sabbath.
Branson Parler explores what Sabbath observation means for Christians today, pointing to the importance of a joyful rhythm of worship, rest, and work in our lives.
Sabbath Healing and Christian Morality
Jesus’ statement that “the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” signifies that Christian morality is ultimately pragmatic and not arbitrary. Jesus interpreted the Torah in the context of human flourishing.
History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 2)
C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 2 of 2 focuses on stanzas 2-6 of the beloved hymn.
Sabbath as Liberation - Study Guide
Adult Sunday School Lesson / study guide about Sabbath. Study/discussion questions and liturgical elements included.