Category Archives: Practicing the Better

Practicing the Better: Sabbath #2

​We begin our brief exp!oration of sabbath with its best-known component: rest.  God remembers we are dust (Psalm 193:14).  We are the ones who forget it.  In a world of machines, we try to act like machines.  We pay high … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Sabbath #1

​Even though we have only scratched the surface regarding the Covenant, we have linked the practice of the better to quite a few important things–so many, in fact, that we might be feeling a bit overwhelmed.  God must have sensed … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Liberty & Justice for All

​The Covenant frees us to live as God intends, and it shows us that one of the first movements in our freedom is working for justice.  We have captured this dynamic in one of our national mantras–“The Pledge of Allegiance”–in … Continue reading

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Practing the Better: Othering

​The Covenant opens the way for us to practice the better by delivering us from bondage, the greatest imprisonment being our confinement to self-centeredness.  Whether expressed individually (egotism) or collectively (ethnocentrism), selfishness works against life as God intends it. But … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Deliverance

​Nothing could be worse than to have the desire to please God, but be unable to do so.  So, just as the creation gave us the capacity to serve God (via the imago dei), so also the Covenant gives us … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Obedience

Of course, God includes in the Covenant the expectation that we will obey it.  Every relationship is honored, made real, and strengthened by obedience. Our relationship with God is no different. But in the Covenant (that is rooted in God’s … Continue reading

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Practicing the Better: Commitment

One of the first things we learn about Covenant is that it is not strictly speaking a contract.  It has elements that are contractual in nature, but it has one significant difference–it is not null and void if we default. … Continue reading

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