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From overburdened schedules to political chaos, most of us walk around our city streets as zombies controlled by the devices in our hands. During the remaining weeks of summer, we need to recapture and embrace Sabbath. […] Read More

Labor Day, first nationally celebrated in 1894, was established to celebrate not just work, but the accomplishments of trade unions and labor movements. Here’s why Christians should remember it. […] Read More

I’m not known for my rest and relaxation skills. After a fun weekend of hanging out together, a friend said, “Renée, you should have a warning sticker on you that says, ‘Warning: Highly Active Person.'” My idea of a great vacation is more along the lines of how many miles we can canoe or hike […] Read More

Do you remember what spring break was like? How about the joy and freedom of the last day of school? Or that moment when you’re getting close to the beach and you roll down the windows so you can feel the ocean breeze and taste the salt air? Recently, the kids across the street from […] Read More

The heavy snow that recently fell in our area brought surprising gifts: the requirement (and permission) to step away for a few days from routine busyness, to have longer stretches of uninterrupted time to read and to think, and to rest without irrational guilt over not doing what we “should” be doing. Icy driveways, slick […] Read More

Come to Me

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. July 13, 2014 Zechariah 9:9-12; Matthew 11:25-30 How are you feeling this morning? Did you get enough rest last night? The answer to that question may be answered in just a few minutes as some of you might be dozing off. It […] Read More

Invitation to Rest

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. July 6, 2014. Matthew 11:16-30 We are now in the heart of summer, and many of us are looking forward to taking our vacations.  In the United States, the average number of vacation days per year is 13 days.  In Korea and Japan, it […] Read More

Loosening the Bow

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 13:10-17 August 25, 2013 Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29 In preaching, ministers pick and choose about how to tackle the text. We make decisions of how to preach or teach the story based on a great […] Read More

Would you please give it a rest? Try to settle down. Loosen up. Lighten up a little. Ease off. Back off. Whoa, wait a minute, time out. Give me a break. Chill out. If you’re hearing these kinds of things more often lately, there’s a pretty good chance you’re missing a message people are trying […] Read More

A couple of years ago, we tried something radical on Wednesday evenings at our church. Over the course of five weeks, we had prayer meeting. This was not simply the hospital list prayer meeting; this was honest prayer. One hour of prayer, five weeks in a row. Each week we explored and practiced a different […] Read More