Labor and Leisure: Work and Worship
LABOR AND LEISURE: WORK AND WORSHIP
Most middle-class Americans tend to:
worship their work;
work at their play; and
play at their worship.
That which we worship, we serve,
and that which we serve we will give our all
--heart, soul, mind and body.
--Gordon Dahl, in WORK, PLAY, AND WORSHIP IN A LEISURE-ORIENTED SOCIETY, Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1972. ISBN: 0806612339
Quoted by Chuck Swindoll in STRESS FRACTURES (Zondervan, 1995, ISBN-13: 978-0310497417) and at www.oneplace.com/ministries/insight_for_living/Article.asp?article_id=539.
Quoted by Ken Boa, “Process Spirituality: Being Versus Doing” in CONFORMED TO HIS IMAGE: BIBLICAL AND PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO SPIRITUAL FORMATION (Zondervan 2001, ISBN-13: 9780310238485)
[I wonder where the author got the idea of giving "heart, soul, mind, and body"? (Mark 12:29-31). Gordon Dahl wrote this critique of American work and worship more than thirty-six years ago (1972). I wonder what he would say in September of 2008?]
Have a great week,
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
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