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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 Solomon 3-4
Every good love story shares the same basic template. It centers around some conflict that drives the two characters apart. This tension, the separation and distance prior to coming together, is at the heart of romance; it involves adventure, danger and peril. We love it because all things that are good and beautiful are a reflection of THE meta-story. The Song of Solomon is no different. It begins with a conflict, a distance between two lovers and the Shulamite’s longing and anticipation for intimacy and communion with her beloved. We are reminded of the many forms of closeness, separation, delay and the various degrees of anticipation between us and our Lord now and throughout our history in Scripture. We are reminded of why we celebrate intimacy and the coming together in our own wedding feasts. Finally, we are exhorted to cultivate a certain kind of tenacious, wrestling, fiery, passionate, fighting faith that is not worried about being embarrassed, but is only worried about Him giving us His covenant blessing.
Song of Solomon 1
The Song of Solomon is a romantic comedy. Romance is the adventure of relationships, the story of investing in another, in doing the work necessary to become attractive to another. As a reflection of the divine meta-narrative, all romance mirrors the story of Christ wooing his bride. On the surface, the Song of Solomon is a poetic love song between the Shulamite and her beloved Solomon. As an allegory it pictures Israel’s history using language of temple worship, exile, restoration and triumph over death. It is also a picture of the bride being elevated through trial and suffering from one level of glory to another; a theme shared with the Book of Revelation. It challenges us to be lovesick. It is a call to love the church, shun prudish gnosticism in marriage and abound in grace towards one another.