If you need encouragement to engage in the study of biblical languages, check out Dan Fabricatore’s post, “Don’t Put off Greek.” While Dan’s topic is Greek (he is a tad biased being that he teaches Greek), his admonition is true for tackling Hebrew as well.
If you follow Dan’s counsel, you may be surprised to find that you actually like tomatoes and peppers (Greek and Hebrew) or at least acknowledge that they are good for you and your ministry.
My son, Drew, pointed out that CNN (“belief blog” here) has a post entitled, “How Christians Spoil Sex.” The blogger at CNN is picking up Jon Acuff‘s blog entry, “Sex” at his site, “Stuff Christians Like.” Acuff argues that “Christians need to do a better job of connecting God with a vibrant sex life.” What makes these entries interesting is my son’s email subject line to his siblings and his parents. Email subject line: “Obviously they’ve never met my father.”
The reason for my son’s comment is that he has heard countless times (as I was working on my dissertation on the Song of Songs and continue to study this fascinating book) that if Christians do not have a correct view of the physical relationship with their spouse, it is not God’s fault. God has clearly spoken of his delight in the celebration of sex within the confines of marriage in the Song.
Acuff’s exhortation to communicate God’s view of sex exposes an obstacle in the church: we simply do not know how to preach the Song on a Sunday morning. We can preach the epistles with ease and even Romans for months. But the majority of pastors are reluctant to handle an equally inspired OT scripture text that speaks literally (and not allegorically) about breasts, passion and desire. Until we are able (or willing) to share this equally inspired text with the entire church family, there will be a disconnect in the body of Christ concerning sex.