Song of Solomon

can sex and marriage be metaphor? (Song of Solomon)

I would rather see Song of Solomon as a poetic text describing the sexual longing and relationship between a woman and the man she pursues than much else; however, it has historically been interpreted as a metaphor or allegory for the spiritual union between God and and His people.1 We are rather prickly, or prudish, about seeing the spiritual union between God and His people as anything but a mystical enfolding — or any other words you want to use meant to push us back from direct euphemisms that sound too much like we are having intercourse with the


What would Jesus do (today?) John 8.1-11, NCNV

Thought this might stir up a conversation…. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a man who had been caught in an homosexual act and made him stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this man was caught in the very act of homosexuality. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such men. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some


Review: Bringing #Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity @ivpress

Your lips are like a ascarlet thread, And your mouth is lovely. Your temples are like a slice of a pomegranate behind your veil. Your neck is like the tower of David, built with rows of stones On which are hung a thousand shields, All the round shields of the mighty men. Your two breasts are like two fawns, Twins of a gazelle Which bfeed among the lilies. (Song of Solomon, 4:3-5 NASB) Our culture approaches sex in a variety of ways. For the more conservative view, sex is bad, until marriage, and then suddenly and magically, it is


Embodied Memory – Caroline J. Simon

Simon suggests that casual sex is actually worse than long-term committed sex. Her rationale is that if sex is like communicating, then, the chit-chat of casual sex is like small talk. It is boring, mundane, and forced. It leaves you with nothing to know the person by…. This essay is somewhat in her book: Bodies remember. High-quality, committed sex is lovemaking that explores not just one another’s bodies at particular times, but one another’s embodied selves as they reach from remembered times and to anticipated times. Casual sex is tissue-thin when compared with committed sex. Embodied Memory | Psychology Today.


What is your sexual lens? @ivpress

Covenantal Lens: Sexual intercourse forges a permanent bond between twopeople that is intended as a representation of God’s covenantal relationship withGod’s people. Sexual intercourse is a life-uniting act that should only occurwithin marriage. Procreative Lens: The goal or purpose of human sexuality is reproduction. Non-reproductive uses of sexuality are misuses of sexuality, because they divide thereproductive purpose of sexuality from its unifying function. Romantic Lens: Sexual intercourse is the appropriate expression of a particularsort of deep emotional attachment (romantic love) with one’s beloved. Lovelesssex is inappropriate. People should be sexually faithful as long as love lasts. Plain Sex Lens: Sexual desire is an acute bodily


Can you be a chaste Christian and still have sex outside of marriage? @ivpress

Before I proceed, let me suggest you consider two things… But I’ll get to that in a minute. Simon, in chapter 3, follows Aristotle in suggesting that virtue is not a refusal to do something which troubles you, but the right balance, in a holistic type of way. This, she applies to being chaste. It is not about simply not having sex, but about keeping “our desires from making us view others as collections of sexually arousing body parts.” (76) She suggests that chastity is more about a balanced view of yourself and others, and using sex to make yourself

Books / Gender Issues

I’m focusing on sex this weekend with @ivpress

Once I finished with my previous review, I picked this one up and immediately find some interesting things. I finished the first 60 pages last night, and will be finishing the rest this weekend. But, I have a question. So far, it seems that the author is making the statement, “Sex is good, but sexual intimacy without the proper bounds is a conventing act, an almost spiritual thing.” Generally, males and females view sex differently. After all, and I don’t mean to be too graphic, but for males and sex, there is something rather easy to make it good,