Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have not written a Monday Morning Confessional since October 20th. That I have not written one has much to do with the fact that I am attempting to take a real Sabbath from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon. My definition of Sabbath is anything but rigid. Sabbath means almost anything that encourages delight, [Read More…]

Why Are Christians so Bad on the Environment Issue? Because We Have No Spirituality of Creation

This was originally the sermon I preached at Redemption Church on September 21, 2014. It has been edited into a long-form essay here. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and use any of this.   SHIFT: From Exploitation to Stewardship The Catholic theologian Ronald Rolheiser says that to be human is to live [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am still preoccupied with questions of time. My ongoing experimental attempts at time management are progressing slowly. My overall goal is to work on my schedule and job performance until I see the consistent and fruitful observance of Sabbath day every week. My most recent early to bed, early to rise [Read More…]

On the Importance of the Evening Meal

When Kristin and I decided we were ready to have children, we made a few of crucial decisions I’ve never regretted. One of the best is establishment of the the evening meal as sacrosanct. From the time our kids were old enough to sit in a high chair, even before then, we started the family [Read More…]

Why Do We Think It’s Okay to Ignore the Sabbath?

Our culture is nothing if not over-busy and stressed-out. You don’t have to look very hard to discover that our society’s relationship to time is a complete mess. The most rudimentary teaching from the scriptures on how human beings should relate to time is called the Sabbath. Walter Brueggemann teaches that Sabbath isn’t the cessation [Read More…]