Some of Solomon’s proverbs seem obvious to me: “A true witness never lies, but a false witness makes a business of it.” I wonder if perhaps I’m missing something – a covert message, a cultural context. However, many others, while not requiring much effort to unpack them, are powerful in their very simplicity. While the … More Messages

Away in a Manger

Christmas is a busy time of year. The “to do” lists fill many pages in our notebook. We stay up late and get up early. The lines at the grocery store are long and the traffic seems crazy – where do these drivers come from? We are cleaning the house, getting ready for guests to … More Away in a Manger

Generous Grace

Proverbs 16:20 says, “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” I feel like this pretty much sums up Proverbs, a book overflowing with godly wisdom and instruction. Throughout my 32 years I’ve seen a few different ways to give heed to instruction: through God’s word, people, and … More Generous Grace

The Way of Wisdom

Sometimes as I read Proverbs, my mind turns towards its human author. It is painful to think of Solomon’s history, beginning as a man who asks God for wisdom over wealth, then later amassing women and materials to a destructive end. I read the very first few, beautiful verses and feel a dissonance: “The proverbs … More The Way of Wisdom