Work, Play, and Worship – An Excerpt from A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments

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“If you’re someone who enjoys a weekend, you owe it to Moses” says John Dickson in A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments. In today’s excerpt, Dickson explains the fourth commandment and reveals how a weekly day of rest was a completely unique idea in the ancient world and that it was especially designed for our benefit.


doubters-guide-ten-commandmentsIn the fourth commandment we find a little relief from the seriousness of the first three. In fact, it is all about relief, or rest from work. If you’re someone who enjoys a weekend, you owe it to Moses:

(Exodus 20:9 – 11; see also Deuteronomy 5:12 – 15)


The Sabbath day of rest is…

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Can you have a “twice Sabbath” (Luke 18:12)? – Mondays with Mounce 271

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This phrase in Luke gives us a great example of how words have bundles of meanings, and you have to move beyond the one or two word glosses in your first year Greek grammar.

In Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, the arrogant Pharisee parades his accomplishments in his prayer: “I fast twice a week (νηστεύω δὶς τοῦ σαββάτου).” δίς is an adverb meaning “twice,” and in this verse σαββάτου is singular.

A related idiom is the more common, “the first day of the week” (Τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων, Luke 24:1; cf. Matt 28:1;

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Hebrew and You with Lee M. Fields — Keeping Sabbath Holy: Purpose or Means (Exod 20:8; Deut 5:12)?

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In this post we will compare NASB and NIV as we did in the last, but this time it will cover the phrase modifying the command to remember (Exod 20:8; or “keep” in Deut 5:12) the Sabbath.

Figure 1 below gives Exod 20:8 in the Hebrew (MT = Masoretic Text), followed by the NASB95 and the NIV. The differences between the English versions are bolded.

The questions are: What would NASB “to keep” mean, and why does NIV translate differently?

Figure 1: Exod 20:8 in MT, NASB95, and NIV

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The Hebrew

The last phrase in English is one word in Hebrew, לְקַדְּשׁוֹ (leqaddešô). Breaking down the word grammatically can be done by knowing Hebrew grammar or by using…

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Extracurricular Activities 4.11.15 — Economic Discrimination, Conversion, & Jesus’ Sabbath Rest

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Jordan Ballor on the Logic of Economic Discrimination

Why should big businesses like Apple, Angie’s List, or Salesforce be able to discriminate against an entire state like Indiana, while Christian small-business owners cannot likewise decide who they want to do business with? If Apple can boycott Indiana, why can’t evangelicals boycott same-sex weddings?

Eric Teetsel Evaluates Whether Matthew 5:41 Applies to Religious Discrimination

Recently, many friends have shared a blog Bake for them two. The post seems to have struck a chord with folks from across the theological and political spectrum. According to the blog’s homepage, it has garnered over 300,000 views since April 1. The author, Jessica Kantrowitz, admits that she does not consider gay marriage immoral, but aims her words at Christians whose understanding conforms to orthodox biblical teaching on the subject. Invoking primarily…

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[Common Places] New Voices for Theology: Taylor Ruiz-Jones’s “From Siesta to Sabbath”

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A2-finalIn a world of contemporary systematic theologies so often dominated by approaches committed to retrieval, Taylor Ruiz-Jones steps into the fray and signals a critical path forward. I use the word “critical” in its fulsome sense: gesturing toward its methodological approach and noting its contextual significance. My remarks will be brief, but I trust illumining in leading into this work.

Taylor Ruiz-Jones’s From Siesta to Sabbath: A Theology of Pause and Play follows an orderly sequence with a playful tone. First, it addresses the analytics of pause and play, and in so doing it engages in philosophical discussion regarding the appropriate foundations to a Christian and critical approach to dialectic. An excursus reorients the modern documentary hypothesis along Sabbatological lines by tracing redactional layers related to evolving thoughts…

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Did You Know the Sabbath Was Given as a Gift, to Enjoy? — An Excerpt from “Becoming Worldly Saints” by Michael Wittmer

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Becoming Worldly SaintsDo you realize the Sabbath is a gift?

On most Sundays it probably doesn’t feel that way: getting ready and off to church is usually far more hurried than restful; afternoons are often filled with mowing and housecleaning, not enjoyment; and when we do rest, we often feel guilty for doing so, like we should be catching up on work email.

Yet God has gifted us one day at the beginning of the week to rest and enjoy the life he’s gifted us.

That’s what Michael Wittmer helps us realize in his new book Becoming Worldly Saints. It answers an important—yet neglected—question Christians are asking: “Can I serve Jesus and still enjoy my life?”

Yes, he says, you can—especially because of Sabbath…

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