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Matthew Sleeth – matthew@blessedearth.org

DSC0801A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving a patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country.

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Interview with Matthew Sleeth

978-1-4143-7228-0“Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
Sounds nice, but how do we find rest in a 24/7 world? Just as the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt, we have become slaves to technology. Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlety enslave us to busyness itself. Sabbath is about restraint, about intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God that passes all understanding. The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?

In 24/6, Dr. Matthew Sleeth describes our symptoms, clarifies the signs, diagnoses the illness, and lays out a simple plan for living a healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world. Sleeth shares how his own family was dramatically transformed when it adopted Sabbath practices and helps readers better understand how their own lives can be transformed – physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually – by adopting the 24/6 lifestyle.

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THEY SAID IT

We were sitting in a Buffalo Wild Wings saying, what could we do for the serving community to show them that the church cares about them and that we’re not judgmental? What if there was a website where servers could just sound off, they could just vent, and then the church say, it’s OK, we get it, we understand?. I think everyone knows there’s a disconnect between the serving community and what’s quote unquote the Sunday church crowd.”

Lead Pastor Chad Roberts of Christ Church in Kingsport, TN trying to address the issue of church people who are bad tippers.

SOURCE: The Tennessean

What is the secret sauce that holds a family together? What are the ingredients that make some families effective, resilient, happy? It turns out to be an astonishingly good time to ask that question. The last few years have seen stunning breakthroughs in knowledge about how to make families, along with other groups, work more effectively.”

Bruce Feiler who references studies that point to the importance of family a narrative as something that binds families together

SOURCE: The New York Times

You know, I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored. And when I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office and mail it. I believe if I send an email, it will be monitored.”

Former President Jimmy Carter who believes U.S. intelligence agencies are spying on him and he further believes the NSA has abused the argument that gathering intelligence is critical to homeland security.

SOURCE: Yahoo News

Today I am married, and I did indeed marry a white man. We have experienced a rich marriage, and our cultural differences have not proven to be hindrances. We enjoy our own preferences for different food and music, but ultimately know that in Christ we are much more the same than different. Our marriage “works” because we have sought to understand what the Lord says about our personhood and identity. What I found interesting about the research on segregated churches breeding segregated lives is they determined that those who pray and read the Bible more often were more likely to date outside their race. Fascinating . . . but I’m not surprised.”

Trillia Newbell as she talks about her interracial marriage, segregation in the church, and the power of the word of God to break down racial barriers.

SOURCE: Christianity Today

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April 1, 2014 Devin Brown A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of CS Lewis

April 8, 2014 Brett Durbin (Trash Mountain Project)