“God is not a workaholic.” – Walter Brueggemann on Sabbath (and Empire): Day 18 of Lent

My friends over at The Englewood Review of Books posted the following videos featuring renowned theologian and biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann. They are taken from The Episcopal Church of The Redeemer in Cincinnati for a series they are doing on Lent. In an effort to spread the goodness, I am posting there here as well.

As his normal self, Brueggemann is brilliant in these lectures/discussions on what Sabbath was and did in the context of Israel being in exile under the oppressive rule of differing – and yet stunningly similar – empires. Interspersed along the way, he brings to our attention what life might look like as subversive communities living within the Empire of our current age.

How do consumerism and productivism shape our identity – both communal and individual?

What does Sabbath have to do with the self, justice, and poverty?

How might we actually embody practices of economic subversion in our imaging of God?

This is eye-opening and challenging stuff. Watch, wrestle, and talk about it with your faith community. (There will be a Part 2 so check back in for that in a few weeks.)

 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Other posts in this Lent series:

Moving Beyond Immediate (and) Affirmation or Why I Will Be Blogging Through Lent

“Divine Sorrow” and Remembering: Ash Wednesday

Longings, Presence, and Vulnerability: Day 2 of Lent

Being Led by the Gentle Voice of God: A Notebook and 3 Questions: Day 3 of Lent

Lent Around the Blogosphere: 10 Links: Day 4 of Lent

First Sunday of Lent: A Prayer

Psalm 91 and Cliche: Day 5 of Lent

Community and Prayer: Henri Nouwen on Pushing Through Individualism Via Communal Prayer: Day 6 of Lent

Humility, Place, and The Everyday: Lessons in Mission From John the Baptizer: Day 7 of Lent

Lenten Reflection and Fasting According to Joan Chittister: Day 8 of Lent

Jean Vanier’s “Seven Aspects of Love”: Day 11 of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent: A Prayer

Suffering and Lent: Words from Joan Chittister: Day 14 of Lent