Exodus 20:1-17,Hebrews 4:1,6-9
J.R. Briggs serves as Cultural Cultivator of The Renew Community a Jesus community for skeptics and dreamers in Lansdale, PA – a suburb of Philadelphia, which he helped start. He is the founder and director of Kairos Partnerships an initiative that partners with leaders, pastors and church planters during significant kairos moments in ministry. As part of his time with Kairos Partnerships, he serves on staff with The Ecclesia Network and Fresh Expressions U.S. In addition to these responsibilities he speaks regularly, writes, coaches pastors and church planters and consults with Christian colleges, non-profits, mission agencies, churches and other Christian organizations.
He is the author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (IVP, 2014) and is completing another project called Eldership and the Mission of God (co-written with Bob Hyatt) to be released January 2015 with InterVarsity Press.
J.R. and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett along with two pet goldfish Gus and Gretta. They live in the heart of gritty Lansdale, PA.
“Like the Water” by Wendell Berry
Like the water
of a deep stream,
love is always too much.
We did not make it.
Though we drink till we burst,
we cannot have it all,
or want it all.
In its abundance
it survives our thirst.
In the evening we come down to the shore
to drink our fill,
while it flows
through the regions of the dark.
It does not hold us,
except we keep returning to its rich waters
willing to die,
into the commonwealth of its joy.
Further Sabbath Reading
Sabbath by Dan Allender
This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry
Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Bruggemann
Keeping the Sabbath Wholly by Marva Dawn
The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel
24/6 by Matthew Sleeth
Mudhouse Sabbath by Lauren Winner
Living the Sabbath by Norman Wirzba