Have you ever heard of Sabbath, but you're not quite sure what it means, how to do it, or if it really is beneficial? In a world that worships busy over rest, we are in more need of this celebration of rest than ever before.
In this episode, Kristi McLelland - professor who teaches the Bible from a Middle Eastern perspective - unpacks the true meaning of Sabbath, how we can posture ourselves to receive this gift and why it's so important that we keep this rhythm of Sabbath in our lives and careers.
Some Things You'll Learn
- Kristi’s background as a "biblical culturalist".
- How Kristi’s ministry New Lens Biblical Studies came to birth.
- The unique and intuitive way Kristi’s class teaches about the Bible and the culture that surrounds it.
- Ways to posture yourself to receive.
- The meaning to Kristi’s phrase “It’s a celebration” when referring to Sabbath.
- The common misconception of Sabbath.
- What the resting period in Sabbath looks like for Kristi and how others can follow the similar practice to restore themselves.
- Understanding your rhythm of Sabbath.
- The difference in the Kingdom of entertainment in the Kingdom of celebration.
- Places to read and learn more about Sabbath and scripture.
Other Links We Share
"Tweetables" From the Episode
- "I don’t have class, the Lord welcomes us to a feast."
- "We read the Bible as, “What does it teach me about me? Where the Eastern world asks, “What does this teach me about GOD?”"
- "You'll get depressed if you stare at yourself for too long, but you'll get transformed if you stare at God."
- "It's not about the acquisition of knowledge, it's about posturing ourselves to receive."
- "Sabbath through that Middle Eastern eye, through that Middle Eastern lens, through the story of the Bible, it's always been a celebration of restoration."
- "In an Eastern way and in the biblical world and the rabbinic, rest is a form of worship."
- "The blessing is in the wrestling."
- "Remembering in the Bible is a forward moving thing."
- "A culture of celebration, celebration is active. It activates your mind, it activates your heart, it activates your soul, and they often activate your body."
- "The Bible begins in a garden and it ends in a city with a garden."
- "God did not come to turn things upside down. Jesus didn't come to turn things upside down. Jesus came to turn things right side up. A restoration is underway."
A Bit About Kristi
Her teaching focuses heavily on the idea that believers need to be postured to receive what God is saying and the best way to experience scripture is communally. Kristi teaches about the goodness of God, experienced through table fellowship, practicing hospitality and collaborative wisdom.
Kristi has taught hundreds of students and shepherded thousands of parishioners during her years as a professor at Williamson College and Director of Christian Education and Women’s Ministry at local churches. Since 2008 she has led trips to Israel and studied and trained under Dr. Jim Martin, Rabbi Ken Alpren, and the world-renowned Israeli archaeologist Dr. Gabi Barkay.
Kristi’s trips to Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Italy along with the Middle Eastern Lens classes help Western Americans study and appreciate the Bible as a text that was written by Middle Easterners in the Middle Eastern context, culture, language and custom and history. Studying the Bible through the Middle Eastern Lens provides a deeper look into what the biblical characters meant in what they did, said and wrote. Not only are we able to better understand the framework in which the Bible was written, but we are also able to better open our eyes, ears and hearts to the living God who is constantly pursuing us with His love, grace, compassion and truth.
Kristi is available to help individuals, colleges, small and large groups, and church congregations dive deeper into the Middle Eastern Lens.
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