verge l.a. talk: sabbath and mission

November 4, 2009 | Leave a comment

Verge LA 2009 is a little over a week away. I’m looking forward to 24 hours of stimulating dialogue and new friends.

I’ve been setting aside a little time everyday to study and reflect on the topic I chose: Sabbath and Mission. It is a topic I’m already interested in, but my passion is growing through the prep I’ve been doing. The challenge now is to channel that passion into a 14 minute talk.

JR already posted the summary info for my talk yesterday, but I’ll share it here too, along with a few of the books I’ve been working through:

Title: Sabbath and Mission — Why the first Big Thing is still the next Big Thing.

Summary Sentence: Sabbath is not a break from mission, but a primary missional rhythm for the church of today and tomorrow.

Summary Paragraph: Sabbath and mission could be seen as opposites…six days we go out in mission, and one day we come in to rest. But such an understanding will miss the point of both. Sabbath is a day of anticipation of shalom, of God’s kingdom fully present. Mission is an announcement and demonstration of this same Kingdom. The lost art of Sabbath is not a break from mission, but a primary missional expression for the church of today and tomorrow.