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Why Sabbath is Meant to Be Simple

I’ll never forget my family’s first Sabbath gathering back with our church after thirteen weeks of covid-related cancellations. My four daughters could barely contain their excitement. They had dressed and prepared breakfast for themselves before I even crawled out of bed. At their young ages, my daughters have fallen in love with the church and the […]

I’ve seen Sabbath described as a gift. Does this mean Sabbathkeeping is optional?

In a recent BA and quarterly, I’ve seen Sabbath described as a gift. Does this mean that Sabbathkeeping is optional?   Let’s begin with the first part of the question. Are we justified in calling the Sabbath a gift? New covenant Christians consider not only God’s commandment but also His intent for the Sabbath. Similarly, […]

Why You May Not Be Getting Enough Rest

  For years, there has been this accusing voice in the back of my head telling me that no matter how much I’m doing, it’s not enough. Like all lies, there’s truth in this. No matter how much I do, five seconds on my newsfeed is enough to jar me with words and images that […]

Practice Makes Possibilities

When my life gets out of balance, I start to have a lot in common with the tomatoes in my family garden. Left to their natural inclinations, these tomatoes flop to the ground in a clump, falling far short of the health they’re capable of enjoying. The fruit that should be blessing my family and […]

Christ-Centered Rest on Sabbath is for Pastors, Too

Exhausted from a long, demanding day, Joseph feels his body begin to release stress and his mind struggle to let go of its seemingly endless list of responsibilities. It’s almost Sunday, he tells himself. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to rest. The sad irony is that this is a relatable situation for many pastors, ministry leaders, […]

Receiving the Gift of Rest

Exhausted from a long, demanding day, Joseph feels his body begin to release stress and his mind struggle to let go of its seemingly endless list of responsibilities. It’s almost Sunday, he tells himself. Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to rest. The sad irony is that this is a relatable situation for many pastors, […]

Day of Grace

Most people of faith learn that the Bible’s Sabbath day is rooted in its first chapter. We could tell the world, if we would, that God made everything in six days, then ceased His creation work and blessed the seventh as part of His plan from the start (Genesis 2:1-3). The weekly Sabbath was a […]

The Commandments and the Church

In 1664, Stephen Munford introduced the Seventh Day Baptist Church and its observance of the seventh-day Sabbath to North America. Nearly two centuries later, the Sabbath was introduced to, and accepted by, a portion of William Miller’s failed Adventist movement. A member of the Seventh Day Baptist Church named Rachel Oakes convinced Frederick Wheeler, a […]

The Law and the Sabbath: This We Believe Part 3

This article covers our seventh and eighth Statements of Faith on the law and the Sabbath. If you had to sum up the law of God in one word, what would it be? On our annual trip through the Bible, my family just finished Leviticus. Holy is a keyword in that book of the law. […]

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Abide in Christ: What It Looks Like and Why It’s a Must

“Abide” is one of my favorite words. It is a calming, empowering word that communicates surrender and soul rest. Just hearing or reading that little word triggers my mind to slow down and gives me permission to take a deep breath. Abide. Refresh. Let go. Trust. Years ago while I was a church youth camper […]