Proverbs and OT Theology(?) (Waltke)

 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)

On Disciplining Your Children: Do It!

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!

Do Not Praise Yourself (Or: Nobody Likes A Bragger)

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)

Great Resource on Wisdom Literature

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

Chatty Theology (or Linguistic Idolatry)

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)