In “God’s love, mother’s milk,” a January 2008 article that appeared in The Christian Century, Miles argued that the use of the cross to symbolize God’s love was a latecomer to church history. An earlier and presumably more persuasive symbol of God’s love, she claims, was the virgin’s breast.
“Although theologians may have claimed that crucifixion scenes exhibited the extremity of God’s love for humans, it was scenes of the child sucking at the breast that spoke to people on the basis of their earliest experience,” she said. This symbol was replaced by the cross, argued Miles, when patriarchal Western Europeans “secularized the breast.”
Miles suggested that the cross is inappropriate as a symbol of God’s love because “it presents a violent act as salvific.”
“The equation of love with heroic violence and suffering is typically a male-centered perspective,” she argued, leading to her conclusion that “the value of the nursing breast as a symbol of God’s provision might need to be reconsidered in our own time … In societies in which violence is rampant on the street and in the media, the nursing virgin can perhaps communicate God’s love to people in a way that a violent image, the image of one more sacrificial victim, cannot.”
Tiger Woods came out today and apologized for his sinful behavior towards his wife, children and the public in general. He says that he has a lot to atone for. I hope and pray that he realizes he cannot atone for anything given his sin. He needs the atonement of another, that of Jesus Christ, and the atonement that He offers freely in the gospel. While Woods it trying to change he behavior, he needs salvation for his sin towards God. That can only come about from God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. May Woods find true forgiveness in Christ.
See his public statement below.
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Watch the movie and you will understand that last line.
I found the following at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, in Edmond, OK, website. It is one of the best philosophies of music I have ever seen. It cuts through the chatter found in the worship wars. We meet in worship to please God, not to be pleased by our musical fancies. The following captures that essence.
Before formulating a view of music in the church, rather than taking a harder look at music (the common method in these discussions), we need to take a better look at the church. As has been pointed out by authors such as David F. Wells, the church is not a vendor of religious goods and services. It is not just one more store among the stores at the mall where everyone can be catered to as consumers. It is exactly the opposite: a place where satisfaction is found in denying oneself, a place where you come not to have your personal preferences met, but your personal preferences changed. The church is a place where you ought to assume that most of your natural inclinations are wrong, but will be set aright.
This helps us understand that the church’s music must not be the defining factor in worship. It is the defining factor for your radio station choice, for your tapes and CDs and TV channels (all consumer products whose purpose is to please you), but music has an altogether different purpose in worship.
Any time the church sets out to accommodate, rather than amend, a variety of personal preferences, it will be damaged. We live in a culture that promises you a situation where, for a minimal charge, as Garrison Keillor describes Lake Woebegon , all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average–and with good customer service to boot. The motto of consumerism is “more of what I want is better.” We simmer in this philosophy from childhood having our affections molded and shaped to be good consumers. And sadly, this is what we begin to expect from the church. No doubt, it is an extraordinary challenge trying to convince people that music in worship is absolutely nothing like consumer music, which is most of the music in our lives.
Our music-in-worship philosophy is this: the corporate music should be doctrinally dense (as in the Psalms), aesthetically rich (the Lord cares about beauty), communally held (people know a lot of it by heart), and historically representative (both older songs and newer songs that pass the first three criteria). This means we have fewer hymns and Psalms overall (maybe 150-200 so that we and our children can sing without so much discovery every week), selected by trained people (those qualified to evaluate if the tune is accessible to both older and younger people and if it fits the attitude of the text), representing Protestant history proportionally (meaning we have more older than newer).
And in all of this, we are happy and glad to stand next to our brothers and sisters in Christ and help them sing a song they enjoy that we don’t necessarily like, knowing that next time they’ll help us sing a song we enjoy that they don’t necessarily like. In this way in worship, we are denying ourselves and making a bold attempt to bring unity to the church. This may not make for a big church of consumers, but at least it treats the church as the Bible does: as the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God.
I finally got to see the Tim Tebow Ad supporting life… and my first response: “they were upset over that?” It’s a great ad that simply tells a wonderful story of those who chose life. If the pro-abortion crowd were truly pro-choice, they wouldn’t object to this so much. Perhaps the simple truth is too damaging to their cause. Here is the ad.
Steven has a good summary of the issue here. I think he get’s credit for coining the phrase, National Organization for (Unaborted) Women.
We got to talking about Al Gore and global warming. She laughs at him because he has become such a fool. I even reminded her what God said about the seasons. He set the seasons in motion and said they would not cease (Genesis 8:22). This is why I don’t believe in global warming, or climate change as they are now trying to call it. God is the One who set all the seasons in motion and He promised us that it would never cease. So to say that we were going to have an eternal summer, as Gore was saying, is to go against God and what He has said.
Yes, I know all the scientist kept trying to confirm the data that supported this view. After all, it was consensus (which is not science). Now we have learned that much of the data was skewed in order to support the theory. What gets me is that people are still trying to support the notion of global warming/climate change. What bothers me more is when Christians try and support it, trying to be enlightened or acceptable to the GW crowd.
They are so busy trying to impress this GW crowd that they forget God’s word. God’s word is authoritative. I know that it is not a science book. But it still speaks to creation because it speaks of the Creator. He has told us He made the world, the heavens and everything in them and He gave all of creation order. Summer will follow spring, spring will follow winter, winter will follow fall, and fall will follow summer. That is the order that He put into motion and there is nothing piddly man can do to change that order. To think that we can is to delude ourselves into thinking we are gods. Yes, Al Gore probably does think he is a god, but mankind is not. We do not know more than the Creator. We cannot predict the future, or the future of the weather. Heck, most climatologist can barely predict weather for the week, much less for the next 20 to 30 years.
All of this GW stuff could have been avoided if we would just use “common sense.” The very sense that the GW crowd accuses us of avoiding. The sad reality is that the GW crowd are literally fools. They lack true wisdom for they deny God and His place in all things. Only by viewing the world, the data collected through the lens of the Creator will we have true knowledge. Otherwise, it will degenerate into a religion of myths and fables.
Please don’t feel sorry for the high priest Al Gore. He has made billions off the scam. He has his riches. But don’t be fooled by him either.
As for our snow day, it has turned into a snow weekend, and a snow Monday. No, we didn’t get any more snow. But all the snow keeps melting during the day, freezing at night, making the roads dangerous. So school was canceled for Friday and Monday, and church was canceled yesterday. It’s been a long weekend for us here.
Now, where is that carrot.
PS I took that picture yesterday. It one of the roads in my neighborhood.