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A La Carte (12/22)

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Song of Solomon – Carl Trueman writes about pastors who preach explicitly about sex from the pulpit. Where this article shines most, I think, is where it discusses the poetic nature of Song of Solomon. “The Bible’s refusal to reduce sex to physical acts is surely one of the reasons why it uses poetry to describe it. Poetry communicates meaning and significance which cannot be reduced simply to the reference; and the turning of the Song of Songs primarily into a sex manual is arguably a greater act of reductionism than jumping straight from the text to Christ and the church.”

The Sacrament of Feminism – Frederica Mathewes-Green explains why abortion remains the sacrament of feminism. As a former feminist herself, her perspective really rings true. She argues that feminists sought to be equal to men with respect to having a career and having a promiscuous sex-life.

We Proclaim – Here is an album you can listen to for free online (or purchase). “The common theme among all the lyrics is the preeminence of Christ and His salvation. There’s a purposeful flow to the album that’s intended to take the listener on a ‘Christological journey’ of sorts, as one gazes at the profound and moving realities of all that their Redeemer is and has done.”

The Year in Pictures – Here is part 2 of The Big Picture’s roundup of the year in pictures.

The Local Bookstore – My friend Ian gives a different perspective on the local Christian bookstore.

Surprise Adoption – This is really sweet. You’ll probably cry when you see it. Back story is here.

Eternity will be too short to exhaust our learning of God or to end our enjoyment of him.

—Peter Green

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