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We follow the culture of the road
it is ...
We follow the culture of the road
it is everywhere.
There's no shortage of prescriptions for restlessness
out there: Seek adventure. Live your life. Don't hold back.
Like the characters in a Jack Kerouac novel, we've dirtied the dream
of white picket fences with exhaust fumes. The new dream is the open road-and freedom.
Yet we still desire the solace of faith. We like the concept of the sacred,
but unwittingly subscribe to secularized, westernized spirituality. We're convinced
that there is a deeper plot to this thing called life, yet watered-down, therapeutic
forms of religion are all we choose to swallow, and our personal story trumps any
This is the non-committal culture of the road. Though driving
on freely, we have forgotten where we're headed.
Jesus said His road is narrow.
He wasn't some aimless nomad. He had more than just a half tank of gas - He had
passion, objectives, and a destination.
CHAPTER ONE: A TALE OF TWO ROADS
TWO: HOW WORSHIP BECAME ENTERTAINMENT
FROM HOME TO THE ROAD
CHAPTER FOUR: THE JOURNEY
FIVE: THE SECULAR WORLD
CHAPTER SIX: AN IMMANENT WORLD
SEVEN: CARVING OUT A LIFE OF MEANING
CHAPTER NINE: THE CALIFORNIA SELF
CHAPTER ELEVEN: FEELINGS VS FAITH
TWELVE: THE SLAVERY OF ABSOLUTE FREEDOM
FAITH ON THE ROAD
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: THE ROAD TURNS INTO A NIGHTMARE
FIFTEEN: AT THE END OF THE ROAD A CROSS
SIXTEEN: THE ROAD HOME
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: AN OLD KIND
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: LEAVING UR
NINETEEN: BREAKING INTO HEAVEN
CHAPTER TWENTY: HOW
GETTING GOD RIGHT CHANGES EVERYTHING
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: HOLY
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: FINDING TRANSCENDENCE IN THE
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: THE RELATIONSHIP THAT CHANGES
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: CULTIVATING CREATION
TWENTY-FIVE: FINDING HOPE IN AN ATOMIC HOLOCAUST
Posted May 1, 2012
The Road Trip That Changed the World
The Unlikely theory that will change how you view culture, the church and most importantly, yourself.
Mark Sayers ©2012
e-book 275 pp includes notes
Using Jack Kerouac’s well-known book, On The Road, as his basis, Sayers writes that this story has deeply affected and changed American culture. He says the church has absorbed those changes, to our detriment and he surely is partly correct. The author suggests that some Christians no longer seek God to worship Him, but only to ‘feel his presence’, thus practicing a self-centered religion. That might be a simplification of Christian behavior, however. And Scripture, since several Psalms and verses in Hebrews (6, 7) encourage people about the joys of God’s presence.
This cook contains profound ideas and is well-documented book. But I wonder about cultural dislikes the author hints at, such as casual clothing being worn in church. He alludes to a dislike of casualness several times, so this may not be a fleeting viewpoint. God deserves utmost respect, of course, which may be Sayers motivation concerning the issue of casual attire.
In the Pacific Northwest where I reside, casual clothing is mostly what everyone wears everywhere. To dress like Sayers apparently considers respectable for church could label someone hoity-toity or prideful or from out of town.
However, the author’s theology sounds Biblical and deeply committed to Jesus.
Comparing Kerouac’s influence with present culture has merit, although maybe not as strongly as the book suggests. Based on my BS studies in history, I’d expect far more factors than one or two authors’ works to be major change influences on a culture.
Nevertheless, this can be a valuable volume.