Some OT scholars find Proverbs problematic because as wisdom literature it doesn't seem to fit into the OT. Proverbs never mentions covenant for example, nor does it have a messianic emphasis. G. E. Wright said that OT wisdom literature like Proverbs "is something of a problem." I appreciate how Bruce Waltke responded to this discussion… Continue reading Proverbs and OT Theology(?) (Waltke)
It seems that from one perspective disciplining our kids isn't a kind or nice thing to do. Think about it. If your child disrespects you, you might take his dessert away for a week. If company comes over, they'd all get dessert, but your kid won't. Seems mean. Or maybe your teenage daughter was terribly… Continue reading On Disciplining Your Children: Do It!
I don’t remember if it was a P.E. coach I had in high school or my mom or a good friend, but someone once told me “Nobody likes a bragger.” There is quite a bit of truth in that phrase! Scripture puts it this way: “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; A… Continue reading Do Not Praise Yourself (Or: Nobody Likes A Bragger)
Here’s a fine resource you’ll want to get if you need a scholarly introduction to biblical and extra-biblical wisdom literature: Roland Murphy, The Tree of Life, 3rd edition, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002). In this book, Murphy discusses Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Ben Sira, the Wisdom of Solomon, Lady Wisdom, and other similar literature and wisdom… Continue reading Great Resource on Wisdom Literature
A week ago, I ran across a sentence in Eugene Peterson's Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. I can't stop thinking about it. Here it is. "We cannot be too careful about the words we use; we start out using them and then they end up using us." Concerning words and theology, it is easy for us… Continue reading Chatty Theology (or Linguistic Idolatry)