Month: August 2020

Song of Solomon: Love As Strong As Death

Love that is as strong as death. Unquenchable love. Burning love.  Love that cannot be bought at any price. That is our text this morning.  There are so many definitions of love! We use the word to describe food (I love BBQ) to styles (I love that dress on you) to patriotism (I love America). After time, it loses its meaning. A few years ago I took Carol to my old elementary school in Cincinnati a ...[Read More]

Song of Solomon: Little Foxes

Tradition has it this text is the romance between Solomon and his second wife, Naamah. His first wife from Egypt was basically a political maneuver when he was a young man and the only wife mentioned by name is his second who was an Ammonite, a foreigner and dark-skinned.   As well, as he had 700 wives and 300 concubines, I find it hard to believe he would have had the energy or creativity to comp ...[Read More]

Proverbs 31

So, here we are at the end and King Lemuel’s mother has given him some wise advice. “Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.” If you have read the news or watched television any time in the last forty years then I don’t need to say much about this one.  There are women who are attracted to powerful men. There are powerful men who are distracted and seduced by certa ...[Read More]

Proverbs 29

  Proverbs 29 It was Karl Marx who said capitalism contains the seeds of its own destruction. The very thing that makes it effective – the creation of wealth – will cause it to implode on itself. Systems often do and individuals as well.  As Oswald Chambers said, it is not our weaknesses that cause us to sin because we know them and guard against them. It is the overuse and overco ...[Read More]