I just now came across this article by Harvey Bluedorn:
Before I read it, some thoughts and encounters I've had up til now:
ON THE RADIO: Janet Parshall's interview with Dr. Sleeth was interesting. Janet said she felt convicted by this book. I've wanted to be convicted.
Sabbath is about restraint—intentionally not doing everything all the time just because we can. ..The Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. So how do we do it?A shorter summary:
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.
In his new book, 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life (Tyndale House Publishers, November 2012), Dr. Matthew Sleeth details the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of observing a "stop day," unplugging one day each week, that he has both witnessed and experienced.
NOTHING SECULAR: I was a bit shocked at the kind of strict Sabbath observance such as what I read in the Elsie Dinsmore books. The little heroine would suffer and die rather than read a newspaper or play an unreligious ditty on piano on Sunday, the Lord's Day, out of obedience. The Isaiah chapter featured big here.
SABBATH OR LORD'S DAY - 7TH VS 1ST DAY: The NT specifies that Christians met on the first day of the week. So, the specific day is not important.
FOR HEALTH: I read "Sleep, It Does a Family Good" and the sleep expert said studies show we get about 7 days to recover from sleep debt.
FOR ACKNOWLEDGING GOD as CREATOR - MAINTAINING 7 DAY WEEKS: Dr. George Grant pointed out that observing the Sabbath, however you do it (he emphasized not doing homework for his students), is an acknowledgement that our time is not our own. He numbered our days. We do not need to work non-stop (Ps. 127).
Here are an argument from this fact: God is the maker of time. God created the 7 day week - working 6, resting 1. Clearly if there is no Sabbath, and we treat all days alike by working, there are no weeks, practically speaking... Unless... we create some other delineation, like family day- that is, Saturday, the Victorian invention. And why would we steal God's right to make the call?
GOD DEFINES WORK: ...as he does all things, but where? Something to look into.
The NATURE OF THE COMMANDMENT: No other commandment is so well explained among the decalogue. Why does this commandment have so many words?
So, now to read Bluedorn's 15 page essay.