What was missing from Israel’s understanding and practice of Sabbath? Why was it so challenging to get it right and why does it continue to challenge us today? We have tried to make Sabbath conform to our way of life, rather than to conform our way of life to the “Way of Life.” Like all the creative and redemptive acts of God, the Way of Life encompasses creation itself and all of human activity.
I want to highlight three fundamental but ignored aspects of Sabbath practice that can help guide us toward an understanding of the Way of Life that has the power to transform all aspects of our lives. These are the 1) ecological, 2) economic and 3) political practices of Sabbath.
Read the whole essay and comment here on his blog: fools' Gospel.
For some early reactions to this piece, see Blog the Debt.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4140