February 22 - March 29, 2015 | Lent

The sabbath is at the same time familiar and foreign to us. The rhythm of a seven-day week with Sunday as a day "off" is integral to how we (and most people around the world) function, to the point that we mostly take it for granted. But the biblical idea of sabbath is so much more than a day of rest after six days of work. During the season of Lent—the six weeks leading up to Easter—we will explore the significance that sabbath still holds for us today in a society where our work and our leisure together devour our time. In a world sick with hurry, anxiety, and impatience, sabbath could be just the medicine we need.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bryant Anderson

Audio | Video | Exodus 20:8-11 & Mark 2:23-27

Sabbath (Part 1)

The notion of sabbath seems to be one of a bygone era, when people had the luxury of resting from work on Sundays.  Has the pace of life in the 21st century made sabbath irrelevant to Christians, or does the "day of rest" still have the potential to keep us connected to what truly matters in life?



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bryant Anderson

Audio | Video | Luke 12:22-31

Sabbath (Part 2)

The ancient practice of sabbath grows out of the recognition that God has made time itself holy. We have a complicated relationship with time. We are intimately familiar with it, as it is one of the most basic elements of what it is to be human. However, more often than not, time is our enemy. The goal of sabbath is to embody a different relationship with time—to make time our friend.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Bryant Anderson

Audio | Video | Exodus 16 (selections)

Sabbath (Part 3)

The "seize the day" mentality that we tend to adopt as we go about our daily lives is fundamentally at odds with the notion of sabbath. The word sabbath means "cease" or "stop," and that is precisely what God asks us to do in order to observe the sabbath. Remembering the sabbath is remembering to stop, to pause, to rest, to NOT seize the day every once in a while, so that we can remember to rely upon God to provide what we need.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bryant Anderson

Audio | Video | Romans 5:1-5

Sabbath (Part 4)

As we seek to "remember the sabbath and keep it holy," we will find not only that it entails many small decisions every day, but also that some of those decisions will have very real consequences for us. We need to decide whether we are willing to swim upstream, to face head-on the world's resistance to the counterintuitive notion of sabbath rest.


Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bryant Anderson

Audio | Video | Mark 3:1-5

Sabbath (Part 5)

Jesus heals on the sabbath, telling us something very important about the significance of the seventh day. Often thought of as a day of rest—recreation—it is much more: it is God resting from the work of creation and inviting us to enter into the ongoing, unfinished work of re-creation. Jesus sets about to heal, restore, and mend on the sabbath, and invites us to do the same.