I wasn’t able to find it online (oops), but Christianity Today‘s most recent print edition has a piece that I’d like to talk about. Daniel Harrell, a pastor at Park Street Church in Boston (say, “bah-ston”), got 21 folks to experiment with living the Book of Leviticus for a month. Inspired by the funny and at times insightful book by A.J. Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically, Harrell and his cadre of kosher Christians gave it a try.
What do you think?
First, they read Leviticus and decided what to practice and what not to practice.
Second, they lived out what they thought Leviticus was teaching them. Some wore linens and some ate kosher. Most kept Sabbath. One person built a tabernacle in her home. Some men didn’t shave.
Third, they opened up a FaceBook account to keep tabs with one another.
What did they learn? Here are a few points:
1. They learned how real and concrete holiness was for ancient Israel.
2. They learned how important experiential learning is.
3. They learned that they liked some of it — some are keeping Sabbath.
4. They created conversations with others.
5. Some were transformed.