Ancient Wisdom for a Sexualized World

| January 6, 2015

Attraction. Dating. Engagement. Marriage. Sex. 

Open a magazine, browse a bookshelf, turn on the TV, or eavesdrop on a conversation and you’ll encounter one of these issues in no time. As human beings crafted in God’s likeness and wired to love, our obsession with such things is obvious. It’s also unavoidable.

In his new book The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex, and Redemption (David C. Cook), Matt Chandler tackles an array of pertinent questions—both the ones we’re asking and the ones we should be. Working from Scripture’s erotic, covenantal love ballad The Song of Songs, Chandler helps us navigate landmine-laced terrain with timely wisdom and gospel grace.

I recently spoke with The Village Church pastor and Acts 29 president about finding “the one,” must-have conversations, stalled-out marriages, and more.

What conversations are essential to have prior to engagement? Marriage?

There are a lot of essential conversations to have before you are engaged. I’m not quite sure that there is a set of essential conversations that should take place between engagement and marriage, but rather that your conversations should continue to build on conversations already had and questions already answered. This takes place by teasing them out a bit…

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