Category Archives: Bible

The Most Extravagant, Blessed Wage Gap: Some Thoughts on Proverbs 10:12, 15-16.

SOME CONCLUDING THOUGHTS ON PROVERBS 1-9

There are sure ways to follow so as not to gain wisdom and life:

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REPROVE A WISE MAN AND HE WILL LOVE YOU – PROVERBS 9

The weekend is over, and so my posts on Proverbs continue. As it is July 9, I will be discussing Proverbs 9.

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THE SIMPLE ARE FORCED TO COMMIT

Here is wonderful news for the “simple.” Just as the truth is often hidden from the supposedly “wise and intelligent” and is revealed to “infants” (Matthew 11:25; see also 1 Corinthians 1), so here we find teaching that is for the simple. But how will such teaching be received – with open humility or with prideful resentment?

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Proverbs 6:1-5

Vv. 1-5 – Caught in a Pledge [be quick to escape]

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I haven’t had much time for Proverbs 6 today. But here are some good, helpful quotes from Ernst Lucas and David Hubbard, followed by some of my own brief reflections.

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Proverbs 4:1-9

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Arranged Marriage?

We cannot live a good life on our own. Much of who we are is due to our heritage – to a “tradition which has been lived out and tested down the years” (Lucas, 66). What does this mean for those who have come from evil, wicked, daft parents? It means that what we receive and pass on is important; and it is important that we receive and pass on is important, too.

As Brown writes, “… a path can only be formed by the passage of many feet” (46). I would add, with Lucas, that this also takes place “down the years.”

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PROVERBS 3:13-20

THE PLAN

I’m hoping to go through the book of Proverbs here for a few months in a row. The idea is to post some reflections from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month (i.e., today is July 3 and so I am posting reflections on a section of Proverbs 3). There are 31 chapters in Proverbs, so this works out especially in July and August.

The idea is that repeatedly reflecting on the book over and over will lead to initialization and greater insight, undergirding the Spirit’s satisfying work in us as we listen to Him in His Word.

This also means that my own reflections will not be complete or thorough, but likely halfway formed.

Feel free to read along with me! Grab your Bible.

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Let Your Heart Be Troubled: Making Much Of God’s Kindness – Sermon on Romans 2:1-6

I thought I’d share the audio from the sermon I preached on Sunday. All of the text below are the notes that I was (loosely) working from.

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

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PART ONE: “MY SOUL WAITS IN SILENCE FOR GOD ONLY”

The scene is striking. The Sanhedrin – the Jewish governing council – finally have Jesus within their grasp. Some wanted to destroy Jesus much earlier on in his ministry – for doing good on the Sabbath (Mark 3:6).

Now, they have successfully tempted one of Jesus’ closest friends to betray him, they have intimidated the others so that they scattered. Now they have Jesus right where they want him. Now they are in control. Now they are able to follow through with their heart’s desire. It is as if they have made arrangements at an exclusive restaurant and have prepaid for the exquisite meal; their mouths are watering.

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HOW TO BE FRUITFUL

How can I be fruitful?    This is an important question. It is a question that we ask ourselves often, but in different ways. We often think in terms of effectiveness, progress and fulfillment, happiness.

Recently, I was struck by Jesus’ advice regarding fruitfulness, found in the Gospel of John: Continue reading