By: James Gordon
The clock and calendar are little different from the scrape marks on the prisoner's wall - recording time's passing. With a new year only days away, it's a time to reflect on your days passed and prioritize your days to come.
By: Terrell Carter
Some Christians adopt a strict adherence to understanding and applying God's law in only one way. As a result, they miss out on what God wants to accomplish in their midst.
By: Stacy Sergent
Our society encourages and praises workaholism, but working too much and neglecting our own needs inevitably leads to burnout. Here are five ways you can care for yourself on the job.
By: Bill Tillman
Labor Day. Little is said about it from biblical, theological and ethical perspectives. This allows the culture to shape our attitudes on work and money. It's time for churches and ministers to add their voices.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Calling attention to widespread poverty facing middle and rural America, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a Labor Day letter focused on the challenges facing U.S. workers and families.
By: Renée Embree
How do you handle vacation? When was the last time you took one? Play and vacation look different for all of us, but we need it. It's good and holy. Here are 10 suggestions to vacation well.
By: Matt Sapp
Many of us have no trouble seeing our work as something that we do to honor God. But we forget that rest is something we do to honor God, too. So take a break. And don't feel guilty about it.
By: Michael Helms
Gardeners understand that giving the land time to rest every few years is good for the garden. Similarly, a sabbatical prepares a pastor for a new season of ministry ahead.
By: Guy Sayles
Many of us acquiesce to the fearful lie that our worth is inseparably bound up with our work. It's an insidious form of bondage that keeps us from the command and invitation to observe the Sabbath.
By: Guy Sayles
Many of us have a troubled relationship with time. Sabbath, however, invites us to another way of inhabiting time, allowing us to rest in the profound awareness that our worth comes from our identity as God's children.
By: Heath W. Carter
These are the worst times for organized labor, represented by only 7 percent of private sector workers. But you'd be hard-pressed to find evangelicals making this an election-year issue. That wasn't always the case.
By: Zach Dawes
Working conditions, treatment of employees and balancing labor with rest are poignant topics as Labor Day nears. The Bible says much about labor and wages, but they're often overlooked sermon topics.
By: Stephen Holmes
Where is God's purpose when we watch sports or enjoy vacation? There is no need to connect vacation with purpose; trusting in God, we can dare to take time and space to relax, to rest, to enjoy.
By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if we are not concerned about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecology they will inherit.
By: Sarah Stone
In an illusionary world that operates by euphemisms, the church should be the place where honesty is practiced, theologian Walter Brueggemann said at Catalyst Live in England.
By: James Gordon
Reverie allows you to be lost in your own thoughts, to take time to rest the mind and slow the body. It's an important part of our Christian walk, but we're often too busy to bother with it.
By: Michael Helms
Like the pages of books, your life needs margins. Without them, you overextend yourself. Building margins into your life is a matter of choice and discipline, regardless of how much or how little you have.
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Do you check your social media apps first thing when you wake and last thing when you go to bed? You may need a tech Sabbath. Here are 5 lessons learned from being unplugged.
By: Leroy Seat
It's great to stand up for your convictions. But it also depends on what those convictions are and whether standing up for them enhances or detracts from your Christian witness.
By: Ron Rolheiser
We may not hoard money, but we do hoard experience. We constantly hurry what we're doing in order to to be available to do something else. Hurry, however, is an obstacle to spiritual growth.
By: Edward Bolen
In our 24/7 world's unlimited opportunities to stay connected and share information, clergy must learn how to manage the growing challenge to network with their congregations and beyond.
Rest and worship one day a week will make a profound difference in the living of this great faith we have received through Christ. A warm and endearing Jewish blessing is to remind one another on the Sabbath: Shabbat shalom! Sabbath peace! Shabbat shalom!
There's one factor that pulls some millennials away from church. Many, including millennials, work on Sundays. Does your church have a be-the-church mindset or go-to-church mindset?
We're accessible any time thanks to today's technology. The down side is we can't disconnect mentally and emotionally when we need to. That's why you need a digital Sabbath.
Don’t look at the Sabbath as another rule that we all have to keep or else God is going to be mad at us. Think of it as one of God’s great, wonderful gifts to us.
We serve a God who loves us enough to make rest a commandment. So what are you waiting for? Turn off your cell, log off your laptop, take out your ear buds, turn off your TV – and rest.
Sure, you could spend a relaxing holiday with your family, but you'd miss out on a great deal on flat-screen TVs. That's the siren call of conspicuous consumerism on Black Friday.
NEW YORK (RNS) Observant Jews are permitted to sidestep traditional Sabbath rules on electronics and listen to the radio as Hurricane Irene bears down.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Two of the most influential forces in conservative lobbying are poised to go head-to-head this fall over this difficult issue.
Our frantic lifestyle often leads to exhaustion. It's not unusual to see sleepy members in a church service. And healthy churches recognize that their ministers need time for renewal and recharging.
(RNS) Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sunday.
So, my friends, Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Doing so might save your career. More importantly, it will save your soul.
The most important question is not whether Jesus would go to church, but how would he be treated if he did? By you and me?
The Sabbath is a time of rest and reflection. It's a chance to connect with God and a time to reflect on what it means to be a human being in this world God has made.
It's easy to become overwhelmed by the sufferings of others. But in order to restore ourselves, we must give ourselves permission to take a break from direct care for others' needs.
Nothing equals the spiritual value of an intentional silent retreat. Can we find a place where we can escape phone calls, emails, texts, voice messages and Internet service?