Let Us Work, So That We May Leisure

Let Us Work, So That We May Leisure

"What would life be like if one’s work provided so much money, that one would never have to worry about it again? What fun and joy would occupy one's free time? This is the life of most Hollywood stars. Celebrities do not want for work or money. In fact, they can ensure that they do not have a single moment that is not occupied either by work or lavish amusements. Although they have everything that man searches for in life, they do not have happiness. They are the canaries in the mineshaft, letting the whole world know that wealth and fame will not bring joy. Their lives wilt because the do not participate in leisure."

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Imagine

Imagine

At the end of the Pyeongchang Olympics Opening Ceremony, right after they lit the torch, they began an emotional song calling all people everywhere to unity. The song was “Imagine” by John Lennon. Although it has a catchy tune and generally points towards unity, it totally ruined the moment. The reason is that the song directly contracts reality; it looks for unity in all the wrong places. “Imagine there’s no heaven … imagine all the people living for today.” This is exactly how to ruin the world. If you want to build a good world, you need to live for another one.

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A One-Two Punch

A One-Two Punch

In major cities the past few years tourists and shoppers have been the victims of “the knockout game.”  A street thug will approach an unsuspecting victim, usually from behind, and simply knock the victim to the ground with a sucker punch.   The victim does not see it coming and usually ends up unconscious or otherwise seriously injured.  The Sadducees tried to play “the knockout game” with Jesus by approaching him in a crowd and asking seemingly difficult, out of the blue, blind-siding questions, not unlike the intellectuals of our day do with Christian students. 

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Who We Are

Who We Are

 1500 years ago, after hundreds of years of stability, the people of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga went exploring. They found and settled approximately 1000 islands hidden among 20 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean in one of the greatest feats of human exploration in history. Recently, the beginning of this adventure was memorialized into a film named Moana. This Disney retelling is the last in a long line of historic retellings, and reveals human nature to us. We tell stories about our past to make sense of who we are.

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Ride for the Brand

Ride for the Brand

The wild West was “wild” in the truest sense of the word. As untamed and unpredictable as a wild bronco, a man could get lost for good in its vast arid prairies and harsh mountain terrain. Many did. But the West was also a place where wanderers could find a home. He could hire on with one of the great ranches that had staked their claim out there and then he could ride for the brand.

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Three Steps to the Gospel Going Forth

Three Steps to the Gospel Going Forth

"Over the last several weeks, students at the Abbey have been brainstorming, synthesizing, and testing evangelism tools. As part of the curriculum of Worldview at the Abbey, students go out and witness to people as part of the practicum element of our Apologetics and World Religions class, and part of that is class formulating and testing an evangelism tool."

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