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The Theohedonia Option Luke 12:13-21

The Theohedonia Option

Is it possible to find pleasure in pleasing God?

At a Glance

It's not likely that there are too many true hedonists in our congregations. Hedonists don't generally care for church so much -- with its call to service and sacrificial love. That said, most of us prefer pleasure to pain, but some people are not able to experience pleasure. The clinical word is "anhedonia" or the opposite of hedonism. The fellow in today's parable didn't have this problem. Jesus, on the other hand, invites us to think about what we might call "Theohedonia" -- the pursuit of pleasing God.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, set "The Scrupulosity Sufferers," August 5, 2001, at

This sermon material consists of three movements. We begin with a discussion of hedonism. Then we move to a treatment of hedonism's opposite, anhedonia. This leads to the grand finale, Theohedonia. Look for these three words in the treatment that follows. (For definitions of the first two terms, see the first...

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