By Andy Hale
There are just some characters from certain movies that have an indelible mark on your life. For me, Robin Williams’ portrayal of boarding school teacher John Keating is one of those characters.
Through literature, Keating inspired young me to rise above mediocrity and convention to become something more. This is encapsulated in reading and interpretation of Robert Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.”
“Seize the day” is a curious phrase. It is credited to the ancient Roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus.
For this week’s CBF Podcast guest, Os Guinness, the phrase is not a cliché or a catchphrase for a college dorm room poster. Instead, Guinness sees Carpe Diem as an axiom of faith, relationships, and a way of life.
Os has a new book, Carpe Diem Redeemed: Seizing the Day, Discerning the Times. This book joins the thirty-plus publications authored by Guinness’ on matters of faith, society, the church, and politics.
We sat down to talk seizing the day with the outspoken social and political critic, a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and the founder of the Trinity Forum.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy