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Post-modern relationships are characterised by Zygmunt Bauman in his book, Liquid Love, as lacking commitment. They are fluid, untrustworthy, unlikely to last. In contrast to this conception of love, the Bible proposes a love that is solid. It is meant to endure all vicissitudes: love never ends. If God is love, and we are made for love, then love may be described in all its dimensions: length, height, and depth. Solid love is greater than ourselves. It requires concentration, thought, effort, willpower, motivation, and application. Learning to love is the task of a lifetime. It is a challenge to grow into maturity. It is the journey to wholeness. It is the struggle of unselfishness over self-centeredness. It is hard, for our self-absorption, our ego, our sinfulness, has such a tight hold on us. This book is meant to plough up the hardened soil of our disposition to enable the seed of love to find room to take root and grow. To help us, and guide us, in this task, we will look at various descriptions of love, and in particular St. Paul's incomparable hymn of love in 1 Corinthians 13. By viewing love from every aspect, and reflecting on its claims, and its promises, we may, with the indwelling power of Christ, become more solid in our love. We will also be referencing Soren Kierkegaard's, Works of Love. Questions are provided at the end of each chapter for individual reflection and group discussion. Application is made to the issues raised by contemporary culture and challenges to being able to love others.
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Ted Schroder has served colleges and churches in London, England; Hamilton-Wenham, Massachusetts; Orange Park, Florida, and San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Inward Light, Buried Treasure, and Surviving Hurricanes. He lives on Amelia Island, Florida and pastors Amelia Plantation Chapel. He and his wife Antoinette have two daughters and three grandchildren.Review:
Solid Love is worth solid reading. This is a most helpful and thorough study of love, biblically and practically. Ted Schroder has taken the most sublime theme and expounds it in words that are simple, understandable, and liveable. In a world driven by hate and violence, politics fueled by antagonism, and a church too often riven by factions, we need to learn how truly to love one another. This book may make you squirm at some places, but it will lift your heart with hope that we may love as God in Christ has loved us. --Leighton Ford, missionary statesman and author
The Apostle Paul penned an eternal poem of love. His words in the thirteenth chapter of 1 Corinthians carry readers to sublime understandings. Ted Schroder invites us to ascend the summit of Paul's poem. He reminds us to love others as Christ loved us. You'll find practical and inspirational instruction in these pages. --Max Lucado, minister and bestselling author.
Solid Love is anchored in the Gospels, but it is also informed by Ted Schroder's engagement with the 19th century philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard, and in particular by Kierkegaard's magisterial Works of Love. Kierkegaard is an immensely complex and difficult thinker to grasp, but without clipping the philosopher's wings Schroder has here brought this marvelous thinker to earth. He has made Kierkegaard into a fellow traveler who can help us negotiate the ways of the modern world and to get on with the work of love, which as, Kierkegaard and his faithful and very clear interpreter Ted Schroder attest, is at once a duty and a need. --Gordon Marino, professor of philosophy and curator of the Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
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