I’ve been sadly mistaken about the Sabbath. I’ve often waved off this commandment when talking about the 10 Commandments . . . that all others are ones we can continue to keep but we Christians don’t keep it . . .

Perhaps it ought to be phrased, “we Americans are clueless about how to keep it.”

Walter Brueggemann says, “the sabbath commandment functions as the center and interpretive focus for the entire decalogue.” Majorie J. Thompson, from her book Family the Forming Center, continues “The Sabbath is an affirmation that God’s sovereignty and governance are to be trusted absolutely. After all, God is so secure about the order and goodness of creation that God can rest; and if God can rest, who are we to try to improve on God’s example?”

As my seven-year-old says . . . “Busted.”

Perhaps Sunday is your Sabbath? Practically this is my family’s Sabbath, but I don’t take it seriously enough at this point, but I want to learn more. My good friend, John Ogren, has written and we have talked much by phone and personally about family traditions and Sabbath-keeping. He wrote a piece in Wineskins about it, A Call to Inaction. If you can’t access the article, link Wineskins from your site or blog, then create a Wineskins log in, then tell me by email, and I’ll comp you one year subscription.

4 comments on “Sabbath-keeping

  1. No, JAT, I haven’t read Buchanan’s book . . . I look it up. Thanks for the tip. Lauren Winner wrote a good book on this and many other Christians-practicing-Jewish-laws themes–it’s called Mudhouse Sabbath.


  2. I’m with John on this. I’ve got Buchanan’s book (The Rest of God) but haven’t read it. But, I’ve read his other stuff so I’m very much looking forward to it. I hope to get to it in the next couple of months. I think the statement “we Americans are clueless about how to keep it” is right on. Myself included, but like you, I hope to learn to do a better job at this.


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