The deep work of rest

Sabbath, or Shabbat in Hebrew, is the seventh day of the week, our Saturday. Sometimes we call Sunday the sabbath, but that overturns an ancient tradition preserved in our Prayer Book. In the Hebrew Scriptures,...

Saying no to the culture of now

My grandparents didn't eat at restaurants or buy things at stores on Sundays. Sunday was a day of rest and you shouldn't ask anyone to work, although it didn't seem to matter that my grandmother worked very har...

Retreats successful practice of Sabbath

Of the seven practices of the Way of Love – Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest and Turn – the one that I am really lousy at is rest. As a matter of fact, I’m writing this article while I’m at the beach, on s...

Developing a Sabbath practice

Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life presents twelve essential practices for a Christian way of life: Caring for the Body, Celebrating Life, Discernment, Dying Well, Eating Well, Forgiving, Keepin...

Holy necessity, sabbath and ECSF

Human need knows no boundaries of day or time Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Decalogue in our prayer book puts it (BCP p. 350). In Exodus, chapter 20, sabbath is tied to God’s rest on the se...

Sabbath, paradox, and the rest of the story

The Sabbath/Shabbat is rooted in Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:12-15. It is a most basic reminder “to rest, to cease, to keep.” Jesus brought new light to the Sabbath law and traditions. Shoul...

Thin places

Trips to my mom’s hometown were multi-faceted. The first step was enduring a ten-hour ride in the car with stops for gasoline and restrooms. Then, there was the pursuit of familiar tunes as radio station option...