Spiritual Disciplines–The Sabbath

Mark Driscoll talks about the Sabbath in a series on Spiritual Disciplines. His history is laughable, but his presentation of Reformed theology of the Sabbath (Sunday) is straightforward.

By contrast, consider a recent book by a Seventh-day Adventist theologian: Jon L. Dybdahl, Hunger: Satisfying the Longing of Your Soul (Review and Herald, Autumn House, 2008).  I had written a review some time ago but never posted it. It’s a strange book to be written by a sabbatarian–Dybdahl talks about spiritual disciplines, but never discusses the Sabbath.Yet it’s first thing that Driscoll talks about.

Not only does Dybdahl say nothing about the Sabbath, he also makes no mention of other aspects of Adventist spirituality, including hope in the Second Coming, the Adventist understanding of the nature of man, the health message, the Adventist practice of the Lord’s Supper (including foot-washing), “the morning watch,” Sabbath School, prayer meeting, testimony meetings, camp meetings—all of which seem to me to be key elements of Seventh-day Adventist spirituality. Ellen G. White, the most important and most widely read spiritual author of the church, is mentioned only in passing.

He says that in 20 years of Adventist education, no one ever suggested he read a book on prayer. Really? I find that hard to believe. No one ever suggested, and no religion class ever required, him to read Steps to Christ?

I should post the entire thing. Meanwhile, here’s my take on Adventist spirituality.