There are artists named "Love," such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, Darlene Love and Toby Love -- and that's not to mention "The Love Doctor." And while on the one hand you've got Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes, on the other hand you've got G. Love and his band called Special Sauce. And of course there's Laura Love and her hit tune You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes.
Then there is the band called Love and their hit CD titled, you guessed it, Love -- not be confused with the Beatles compilation CD, also titled Love. And you've got the Love Unlimited Orchestra -- not to be confused with the trio that's just Love Unlimited -- along with Love Inc., Love and Money, Love and Rockets, Love Trio in Dub, Love Psychedelico, Love Arcade, Cry of Love, Love Spit Love, and my favorite, Mother Love Bone.
Then there's the soundtracks from movies and plays -- which range from the "every-man" Ernest in Love and Love Jones to the "high-brow" Shakespeare in Love -- and including Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Bye Bye Love, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, The Thing Called Love, Love Affair, Aspects of Love and the Off-Broadway TM hit, I Love You - You're Perfect - Now Change. I also noticed that the Love Story soundtrack comes with a complementary packet of KleenexTM. And local sports fans might note, what with playoff season for the SpursTM almost upon us, the soundtrack to Love & Basketball might be just the ticket while munching those pre-game NachosTM.And did I mention love songs? You've got 'em, dating back as far as you care to look. From the 19th and early 20th centuries, preserved for the most part on sheet music, there's songs such as Christian Love, Love is Little, You Made Me Love you, and my favorite from 1913 (sans "love" in the title) If We Can't be the Same Old Sweethearts, Then We'll Just be the Same Old Friends.
In a more modern vein, you've got 'em ranging from Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing by the caring and sensitive Keith Urban all the way to America Why I Love Her belted out by the late, great actor (but definitely not a singer) John Wayne. Then there's Accidentally in Love, A Time to Love, All Love Can Be, All Out of Love -- and that's barely halfway through titles beginning with the letter "a." And lest we forget The Look of Love, Endless Love, and the ever-popular Careless Love. And of course, there's John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Bob Dylan's Love and Theft, Diana Ross' cover of the simply-named standard I Love You, and the title song from his CD brought to you that master of subtlety Bruce Springsteen called Tunnel of Love.
There's also numerous "various artist" compilations, such as Love Songs Gold, In the Name of Love, Everlasting Love Songs, Baddest Love Jams, Vol. 1, Love Songs #1 (In eco-friendly packaging!), Big Bad Love, Love's Greatest Hits, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, and the grossly-misnamed One-and-Only Love Album, from among more than 3,000 other such titles.When it comes to love, the world croons a lot of tunes. But what is it that we are talking about, really?
The way I see it, the English word "love" covers way too much ground, without adjectives as qualifiers, to mean much of anything at all. A mother's unparalleled feelings for her children, a soldier's devotion to his or her country, an over-eater's craving for chocolate, and the goings-on during the early 1970s in the backseat of a Roadrunner at the 51 Drive-In halfway between Tulsa and Broken Arrow during a late showing of the already-classic Night of the Living Dead -- they all go by the name "love," but they're hardly the same thing. Not even close.
We've just posted here at the BRJ three more teachings on the Features page. Together they make up a series called "The Three-Fold Love of God." In Part One I write that:
This series will not deal with what the world calls "love," which is basically either eros, which is physical love, or phileo, which is conditional love. It is interesting to note along these lines that the Greek word agape, and its verb form agapeo, do not occur in any ancient Greek writings outside of the Greek New Testament. The study of the love of God, agape in its usage of that which originates with God, deals with a new kind of love.The love of God is indeed a new kind of love, rarely seen in this tired-out, washed-up, worn-out old world in which we live. Much more, the love of God is an irresistible, darkness-shattering, life-changing force that -- from the inside out -- transforms every man and woman, who dares to accept it and walk in it, into a new creation in Christ Jesus.