Wisdom Brings Courage

Proverbs 28:1 says, “The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” Why is that? Those who choose not to trust in God and spurn his instruction don’t have the security  of knowing who’s in control of their lives. Our natural human impulse is to rely on ourselves and[…]

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The Missing Voices in the Bill Nye v. Ken Ham Creation-Evolution Debate

What we believe about humanity’s origins and the creation of the world matters.  We can’t claim to have a complete worldview or a coherent opinion on the meaning of life without having some opinion on where it all came from. A Biblical worldview acknowledges God–Yahweh–as the source of all that exists.  Genesis 1 lays out[…]

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Jesus, Our Wisdom

On Sunday, January 12, 2014, I shared a message entitled “Jesus, Our Wisdom.” I discussed: Biblical wisdom as the guiding principle of a Christian’s life; what and who wisdom is; snapshots of Jesus’ life that display his wisdom, and how we can all gain wisdom. Below is a video of the message, as well as[…]

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Wisdom in Duck Dynasty: The Big Picture

Earlier this week, I attended an event featuring Jase and Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame.  Although I’m not a big fan of reality television in general, the way that the Robertsons are using their show as a platform for sharing their faith across the country is commendable. One things that Jase said at this[…]

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Why Study Proverbs? Practicality Over Religion.

Another feature of Proverbs that may be especially appealing to contemporary readers is its almost complete lack of religious language. This might seem like an odd thing to say about a book of the Bible, but it’s true.  This book, that has been central to the training of God’s followers for millennia, does not contain[…]

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Why Study Proverbs? It Equips Children and Families.

The Book of Proverbs is especially geared towards young people, and is often written in the form of instruction from a father to his children. This is because the home is the center of education, whether we recognize it or not.  From ancient times to the present day, parents teach their children wisdom of one sort[…]

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Why Study Proverbs? Its Singular Focus on Wisdom.

Proverbs is about only one thing: wisdom. The primary Hebrew word for wisdom is hokmah.  It can mean the skill that craftsmen and other professionals exercised in performing their specialized tasks.  In the spiritual context, hokmah means the knowledge and experience that one exercises in following God’s laws. Other authors have defined “wisdom,” as used in Proverbs and[…]

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