In Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, there is this important line: “Everyone knows in their bones that something is eternal and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people that ever lived have been telling us that for 5,000 years, and yet you’d be surprised how many people are losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.”

Our secular culture disparages that truth. We are told we only go around once, so we should grab for all the gusto we can. They say life is a game, and the one who dies with the most toys wins. The reason people are coming to church in droves is because something deep within them says this world is not all there is. (Bill Bouknight, “Just a Thought”)

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