“The Church is a Whore; But She’s My Mother” (often attributed to Augustine)

Friday is for Heart Songs

Marty iiiMy son is more than an aspiring poet; he is a published, top 100 on Amazon.com list of books on poetry (four times) poet.

He’s good. I am biased, but that doesn’t mean I’m not right. I love this particular poem so much that I recorded it at the end of the video taping of the message for our second campus (Ashkum, IL)  this week. 

The poem is called “I and My Muther, Wunn” and was inspired by a quote attributed to Augustine*: “The Church may be a whore, but she’s my mother.”  

Marty III (he is named after my Dad) imagines a very different but completely accurate wedding of Christ and his bride (the Church) under the image of …. well, I’ll let you watch the video yourself. I’m looking forward to my son’s own performance of the poem. His will be a hundred times better than mine.

*One of my professors used to say that “anyone who says that they have read everything that Augustine ever wrote is lying, because the mass is so great that no one can do it.” That is probably an overstatement but it is probably the reason why Augustine gets a lot of things attributed to him that are not completely vetted. This quote is one of them. I have heard it quoted for years. But I have never actually seen it documented. Maybe someone who has the complete works of Augustine on Logos could research this. But while the source may not be known, the truth of the statement persists. The Church is a flawed and unfaithful bride, but she is still the rescued bride of the Living and Holy Christ and she holds the deposit of the gospel in her midst. 

Update: You can now hear my son’s audio version of his own poem at anthempoet.com. (7-2-14)

Update: You can order my son’s book from which this poem is taken at Amazon.com.
(5-25-16)


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