Monthly Archives: September 2014

Simplicity: Letting Go and Gratitude

In Paul’s letter to the Philippians 4:6-7 he reminds them,

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank God for all God has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. [Then] God’s peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

In order to practice Sabbath you have to make some room in your life…

Simplicity and Sabbath

At the end of God’s work of creation the story says God rested.  In the list of commandments God gave Israel is one based on that pattern of being which says, “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy (set apart).  In other words you too are to take time for rest.  One of the benefits of the idea of sabbath and the value of simplicity is to build rest into every day.  People are routinely working from 8am to 8pm these days.  Simplicity and sabbath are both lost in such a schedule. 

Being Presbyterian At Central

Have you ever wondered why we are Presbyterian or just what it means to be Presbyterian.  We have a six-week class that begins this week on Sunday morning, 9:00am to 9:45am in the parlor for those who would like to know more.  If you are thinking about joining the church this would be a good introduction.  If you have been long time members but never had a chance to get to know what it means to be uniquely Presbyterian — now is your chance.  On this website there is a description of the class under “Get Involed” on the menu.  Go to Christian Development, Adult Christian Development submenu and click on the Red link “Being Presbyterian” at the beginning of the description and it will take you to the page with the video that will be show each week.  Hope you will join us in the Parlor

Simplicity and Austerity

Some of my Buddhist friends are much better at “letting go” than I am.  However, there is a fine line between “letting go” of things which get in the way of experiencing the abundance of life and “letting go” as a religious practice of ascetics.  Jesus promised that we would have abundant life.  Abundance is not deprivation but abundance in an affluent society can rob us of some of the simple pleasures that are a blessing from God.  If we don’t have enough time to experience love we need to “let go.”  But if letting go becomes a religious practice of austerity then we fail to receive the blessings God gives.  Walking the middle ground is the Christian way.

Simplicity and Sincerity Podcast

This podcast is the first in a series on the value of simplicity and some theological and practical ways it is connected to Christian thinking and the practice of the Christian life.  In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul reflects of simplicity and sincerity in this way, “Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God–and all the more toward you.” (II Cor. 1:12)

Simplicity and sincerity are marks of the Christian life.  They describe what living in the presence of God and each other should look like.