Pastor Paul Lehninger - The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, July 14, 2019
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In 1957, Viking Press published a book called On the Road. It was written by Jack Kerouac, who with William S. Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, and others, formed the core of what was called the “beat generation.” Much to the original beat generation’s disappointment, this morphed in popular culture into the beatniks of the 1950s, with confusing connections to the hippies of the 1960s. The book itself remains a classic, though, and is ranked number fifty-five of the one hundred best English language books of the 20th century by the Modern Library. Aside from all the sex, drugs, and aimlessness, at the heart of the book lies the theme of sojourn, quest, and longing, which the main character and his friends try to fulfill in various ways, although none of them very successfully.
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