Some Pretty Good Advice from Ecclesiastes for Valentine’s–and Every Other–Day

old couple

I just wished a faculty colleague Happy Valentine’s Day and told him, as I put it, “I’m writing exams, but at least I’m doing it across the kitchen table from the woman I hold dear.” That made me think about living in the moment. About living into the moment. Yesterday, I taught on Wisdom Literature. Proverbs. Ecclesiastes. Job. Song of Songs. We talked about how the Teacher (the main figure in Ecclesiastes) tears apart cheap, simple, and ultimately unsustainable formulas. “A … [Read more...]

Thinking About Sex Lately

Sex head

I’ve been thinking about sex lately. No, that’s not right. I’ve had sex on my mind a lot lately. No, that won’t do, either. I’m preoccupied with sex lately. Goodness, that’s even worse. So let me put it this way. A friend who’s in-the-know told me that 60% of all high school graduates have had sex, while 30% of all ninth-graders have had sex. That’s a lot of sex, and it got me thinking. I’m old enough to know these kids aren’t mature enough to make love even when … [Read more...]