That English Anglican Priest and legend, John Stott, has always been one of my heroes. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Christian Leaders in 2005. A couple of years ago and before he died at age 90, I attended one of his lectures in Washington. I’ll never forget the story he told when he became Rector of All Soul’s, Langham Place in London. He was 29 and several years into it, something happened to him that is truly the nightmare and horror of every preacher. One Sunday, he climbs into the pulpit at All Souls and realizes something is missing.
- Where is it?
- Did I forget it in my office?
- Did the youth group steal it as a practical joke?
Then the profound truth strikes him.
HE FORGOT TO WRITE IT.
So exhausted he forgot to write it! Every priests nightmare!
This terrifying experience would lead John into a rhythm of
Sabbath. For every twelve days pastoring, in addition to time off,
he would spend a day in retreat and would carry that out for every:
- and 48 days
- for the rest of his life
So my friends, today, I want to talk to you about Sabbath.