The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/02/2008):

Labor and Leisure: Work and Worship
What is my interest and investment in work, recreation, and worshiping God? Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a frequently quoted excerpt from author Gordon Dahl. He challenges Christians about some of the most important things in our lives. Does this make you uncomfortable? It makes me squirm.

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

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,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky

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