Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Reformation, Saints and the Future

Batmans, Princesses, dogs, Minckeys, Superheroes and more!  It is Halloween time and as the children get excited about dressing up as their favorite character, parents and adults a like look forward to this holiday as well.  Why?  Because for one day we are able to be someone or something that we aren't.  For children this usually means someone they admire or want to be; for adults the desire to be someone they are not leads to less pure costume choices.  Whatever reason we dress for halloween the exciting in being something different is contagious.  It is why Halloween costumes don't go out of style.
Halloween also marks a holiday in our church calendar year, Reformation day.  A day to celebrate and remember the reformation.  We do this not because we live in the past but to remind us that our future can be different.  Those who stood up against the crowd succeeded in equipping and creating a future. We must remember that it is up to us to not settle for the status quo or the every day but instead it is up to us to move our churches into the future. 
This sounds easy doesn't it?  Yet we only celebrate Halloween once a year, enjoying and embracing the "different" us once.  We go back to our every day selves the next day.  These selves are people who live in houses for as long as we can - some of us lifetimes.  These are selves in which we live within the communities we grew up in - some the same communities for several generations.  These are selves that drive cars for years until they no longer work.  These are selves that wear clothes decades old cause they are still good.  These are selves who every day of our life we avoid change.  We eat similar dinners each night and develop habits our close friends know and understand. And so it sounds easy to stir change; it sounds easy to stand for what you believe in but the reality is: it is pretty hard.

Martin Luther, John Calvin and the other reformers were rejected by their churches.  Their lives were not easy.  They were not seen in the light they are today for their names were slandered.  Those that followed didn't have it easy either.  They too were rejected. They too sought difficulties.  In fact many of the "Saints" of our churches didn't actually play by the rules and didn't die as "saints" but instead most of them were killed because they went against the norm of the day. 

Today, we are facing many social justice issues around us.  We have civil rights issues, homelessness, drug abuse, death penalty and living wage to name a few.  It is easy to go along with society.  It is easy to disagree with the world we live and yet do nothing to change it.  It is easy to "wait and see" and to "hope" that issues revolve themselves.  It is easy to do nothing. 

Yet we are called to live above the worldly.  We are called to live a life of faith.  We are called to trust not in our life that remains the same - or in the stability of the familiar but instead to trust in our God.  Our God who calls us to live for God's will.  This means that we aren't called to live lives in the midst of society but instead called to live out lives that are bold; that take risk; that lead to rejection; and that cause trouble (but in a good way!). 

On this anniversary of a movement that changed how we worship and connect with God, we must look into ourselves and hope that we can find the courage to be bold enough to live beyond our world and for the Kingdom of God.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Journey to NYC

Over a year ago now I was walking in a town I had never visited before and enjoying the beautifully old row houses as I spoke with God.  This walking and speaking to God is my thing and yet on this day things were different.  I felt God's voice inside me calling me to NYC.  This was weird, I had never lived in New York City before and I had pledged never again to go back to Atlanta where the hustle and traffic was just too much for me.  But less then a year later I was moving to NYC and today I sit in my new dinning room overlooking my very small yard and am overwhelmed how God works in my life. 
My life hasn't been easy. My journey as a leader in ministry hasn't been either.  People don't like change and they don't like agents of change.  People outside the church don't like Christians and they stereotype us into uneducated and often lesser for believing.  People who are different, LGBTQ community especially, hide their true selves from "Christians" because of past hurts.  And so it is a lonely job. 
I stand in awe of how God has worked in my life.  How God has offered me opportunities and provide communities for us along the way.  We were sad to leave our YMCA community because they had offered us companionship and friendship along the way.  Yet we are surrounded by a caring community here that has truly embraced us.  Our new jobs aren't easy either, yet the Spirit is working in us and through us. 
Life is a journey. There are times in our lives when we take chances - chances to run races we thought were impossible; chances to move mountains and chances to embrace change.  Not every time an opportunity has come our way have we responded, not all have felt right or in God's will.  Yet when I have, or we as a couple have, taken those leaps we have found God's grace offers us strength and courage. 
We are excited about where this new journey is leading us and I hope to keep blogging to share God's grace and mercy.