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I have to confess something right out of the gate. I am a doodler. If I am in a meeting or listening to a lecture and I have a pen in my hand, I am drawing little cartoon characters, cars, trees, flowers and the occasional crazy-awesome spacecraft. In between, I will stop to scribble a phrase or a reference or a book title that I will want to remember later. But if I’m in a room sitting still, my pen is probably moving.
I know this is controversial, and I know that many would say that if someone is doodling or drawing then they are not paying attention. Read more
In the previous installment I discussed the importance of setting and managing our expectations for ourselves and our children in worship. Among those I mentioned was the expectation that “children over four-to-five years of age are ordinarily physically and emotionally capable of sitting in a chair, on their bottoms, facing forward, quietly, for the duration of the sermon.”
That may seem like one of those things that go without saying, but given the fact that I have seen adults talk to each other throughout the entire sermon, and have on many occasions seen grown people get up in the middle of a Scripture reading and wander around the building for some reason, perhaps this is not something we can take for granted. Read more
Song of Songs 5-6
Four times throughout the Song of Songs, an ancient form of poetry known as the “wasf” or the “blazon” is employed. Through this device, the Shulamite is described using promised land imagery and Solomon described using temple imagery. These pronouncements of love challenge our modern standards of beauty. Other subjects covered in this section include: Loving our spouse by pursuing friendship. A critique on an obsession with purity that confuses the reality with the symbol (fasting while the bridegroom is present; the error of the Pharisees and the modern equivalent.) The beauty of the church, our worth and value in Christ.