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The Samoan Skip Ephesians 5:15-20

The Samoan Skip

If your day isn't going so well, you can be Samoan and just skip it. Or you can be Pauline and make the most of it.

At a Glance

At the end of 2011, the tiny country of Samoa and one of its island neighbors jumped from December 29 directly to December 31, skipping an entire day. They did it in order to align their calendar with that of their closest trading partners, Australia, New Zealand, et al. Being close to the international date line, they were about a day behind their neighbors. Doing business was awkward. Now it's not. From this discussion we move to the epistle text where the apostle discusses how to best live every day -- even though there are days we no doubt would like to skip if we could.

Editors' Pick

For material based on this same text, see "Gesture Theology," August 20, 2006, at

There are roughly 510 Samoans preparing for a raging party on December 30 this year. That's because last year, they got totally blanked on their birthdays. December 30, 2011, literally didn't exist.

In 1892, Samoa added a day to their calendar so they could align their date with...

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