Sabbath, Sunday and the Family

Integrating the Sabbath Commandment with the Fifth Commandment


The family is much in the news! From Pope Francis to Time Magazine’s focus on questions of family structure, social interest is being raised about the nature of contemporary family life. What insights might be gained by looking at “family” through the lens of Sabbath/Sunday?

This year’s conference of the Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S. (LDA) focuses on the family as a way of drawing attention to the integration of the Fourth Commandment and the Fifth Commandment (“Honor your Father and Mother”). This theme recognizes the value of building an inter-generational society in the midst of social change… “That you may live long in the land”.

This year’s LDA conference (October 23) is held in concert with the twenty-eighth Reformation Day at Emory University (October 22) and its theme, Scripture and Reform: The Ten Commandments as Jewish Law, Christian Gospel, and Civic Code, which explores the role of the Ten Commandments in Scripture, Luther’s reform, and contemporary American life. Recognizing the role of the Ten Commandments in these three areas, what can be said about Sabbath, Sunday and the Family toward building an inter-generational society?

Friday, October 23, 2015 ◦ Emory University ◦ Candler School of Theology

 Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 102, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322


8:00     Registration

8:15     Welcome: Floyd Craig (President, The Lord’s Day Alliance of the U.S.)

8:30     Sabbath and the Ten Commandments as Practical Theology: David Sapp (McAfee School of Theology)

9:00    Panel, moderated by John Hinkle (Murfeesboro, TN)

  • Philip Thompson (ED, Aquinas Theol. Center)

  • Frank Woodson (Mission to Birmingham, AL)

  • Rabbi Loren Lapidus (The Temple, Atlanta)  

10:30   Closing Plenary - Sunday and the Health of the Family in America (Matthew Sleeth, MD, ED, Blessed Earth)

11:30   Closure

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