Showing posts from May, 2019

Some thoughts on Sabbath

Over the last ten years, I've done a lot of thinking, practice and work around Sabbath, both with my church community and in my own life.  I was recently asked to write a commentary for Working Preacher for a 3-week series on Sabbath.  Here it is. Summer Sabbath Series (For more on Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church's Sabbath practice, and our life together, check out some of these articles ).

The measure of a life

Acts 9:32-43 My favorite uncle learned this week that he has a 5-inch tumor in his lung.  He has just retired and is building a house, just like his father, my grandfather, who died rapidly of cancer 36 years ago this week.  My uncle has three recently launched kids, and a 3-year-old grandchild.  When he heard the news he wept, and said, “I have so much to do!”   Life doesn’t give us a blueprint, or a timeline in advance. We make our choices, each day, each season. We live our circumstances, waking up each morning and doing that day, and then laying down at night, satisfied or not, to do it all again.  One day it ends.  Our life is summed up and the verdict is rendered.  What will we leave behind us; what will our story have been? There are people who make an impact in the world.  People whose kindness and goodness shapes those around them.  Their presence seems to leave a wake, or carve a path for others to follow, for us to emulate.  They make their world a bette

The story of your life

Acts 9:1-22 According to a study conducted by political scientists at Louisana State University and the University of Maryland,   "Just over 42 percent of the people in each party view the opposition as "downright evil." “Nearly one out of five Republicans and Democrats agree with the statement that their political adversaries “lack the traits to be considered fully human — they behave like animals.”” But their line of questioning did not stop there.  They continued by asking, “Do you ever think: ‘we’d be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died’?”  And some 16 percent of Republicans (or 7.9 million voters) and 20 percent of Democrats (that translates to 12.6 million voters) do think on occasion that the country would be better off if large numbers of the opposition died.  (As reported in the NY Times ) Every human being is living out of a story.  Saul had a story.  Saul’s story was that the Isr