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Episode 533: Why Do We Struggle with the Sabbath? with Ruth Haley Barton

Updated: Nov 7, 2022

Elon Musk announced his takeover of Twitter by carrying a porcelain sink into the headquarters. Will his plan to loosen restrictions on social media help or hurt the country? Archeologist have discovered a new way to verify events in the Old Testament, but Phil wonders if anyone really cares. And is it ever loving for Christians to mock their opponents? The gang examines six rules for Christian mockery from the 17th century and why they may not apply today.

Then, spiritual director Ruth Haley Barton explains how she came to see sabbath as a gift rather than an obligation. Her new book, “Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest,” looks at why we struggle to practice sabbath rest, the challenge of technology, and how to make sabbath a lifestyle and not just a weekly discipline. Plus, the saving power of worm spit.

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News Segment

0:00 - Intro

5:08 - Worm spit

9:12 - Elon Musk and Twitter

18:57 - Geomagnetic fields and Biblical narratives

29:46 - Rules for Christian mockery

45:21 - Sponsor: Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology

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Interview with Ruth Haley Barton

“Embracing Rhythms of Work and Rest: From Sabbath to Sabbatical and Back Again” -

Ruth Haley Barton -

46:33 - Interview intro

49:09 - Spiritual formation

52:59 - Value of sabbath

56:34 - Guilt around sabbath

1:00:47 - More than a day of rest

1:04:46 - Sabbath as delight

1:07:00 - Challenges of technology

1:17:55 - A communal practice

1:24:24 - Credits

Links from news segment:

“Worm spit could be a secret cure to the world’s plastic problem” (Inverse) -

“TAU, HU Scientific Breakthrough: Geomagnetic Fields Reveal Truth of Biblical Narratives” (Jewish Press) -

“Can you laugh at your enemies and love them? Rules for Christian mockery” (The Christian Post) -

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