Sabbath

Lesson 11: Live as Tenants of a Small Planet

Lesson 11: Live as Tenants of a Small Planet

When I was growing up, I would never have thought to include this in a Christian lifestyle. People were starting to limit the size of their families, but not because of the world’s limitations. But by the time I was called to my second parish, we were discussing world hunger, overpopulation, and pollution. Even then […]

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Lesson 12: Pay Attention to Beauty

Lesson 12: Pay Attention to Beauty

Too often, paying attention to beauty is regarded as a luxury in our society. People think only the affluent have time to appreciate the beautiful. Every one else has to spend all their time earning a living in order to feed their families. This kind of thinking denies the ancient wisdom that a satisfying human […]

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Lesson 13: Do Nothing from Prestige Alone

Lesson 13: Do Nothing from Prestige Alone

I was amused when I looked up the origin of “prestige.” Apparently it goes back to a French word for a conjuror’s tricks or illusions. And in some sense, all prestige has an element of deception about it. None of us is all that different from another. This became evident when I found myself dining […]

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Lesson 14: Choose Productive Nonviolent Vocations

Lesson 14: Choose Productive Nonviolent Vocations

As I write this lesson, politicians are debating whether they would have invaded Iraq, if they knew what we know now. The discussion began as a question from the press to see if they could connect Jeb Bush with his brother. When his answer was controversial, they began asking many candidates the same question. As […]

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Lesson 15: Make a Real, Contemporary Christian Community Your Reference Point

Lesson 15: Make a Real, Contemporary Christian Community Your Reference Point

Boy, this one has some catchy adjectives. We are not to join just any church, but a “real” one that is relevant to the “contemporary” situation. In fact, it replaces “church” with “community,” implying it should not simply be a place where people go to worship but a gathering of persons who interact with one […]

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