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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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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 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 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 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 10: Live Below Your Economic Peers

Lesson 10: Live Below Your Economic Peers

Why would anyone choose to “live below your economic peers?” I can think of two reasons. The first is simply to make a Christian witness that you can do it and still live a satisfying, happy life. The second is that, for most of us, it is far healthier than always working for more, more, […]

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Lesson 9: A Modern Sabbath Lifestyle

Lesson 9: A Modern Sabbath Lifestyle

As I was writing these lessons, my thoughts continually returned to the Company of Kirkridge. This small, mostly lay Christian community gathered people from across the Northeast twice a year to support one another. At one of those meetings, we broke into small groups to update our discipline. Gathering as one, we compiled the following. […]

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Lesson 8: Promise

Lesson 8: Promise

As I noted in the sixth lesson, most of us believe a primary element in a modern Sabbath life style would be worship in a Christian community once a week. At that time, I focused on “remembering” the stories from our tradition. However, the Christian life involves promise as well as memory, hope as well […]

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Lesson 7: Justice

Lesson 7: Justice

I am writing after a night of rioting in Baltimore. The television is playing in the background, so that I hear pundit after pundit speaking of justice. Each has a different take on what that means in this situation, largely depending on her perspective. Two of the best recent pieces on the Sabbath see it […]

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Lesson 6: Remembering

Lesson 6: Remembering

Let’s take a few weeks to construct a 21st century Sabbath life style. That will mean discussing a modern application of the reasons the scriptures offer for observing a special day of the week. Some of my friends still practice a day of rest. They remain in bed until mid morning, take time to read […]

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