When the world falls apart for Job, Job’s friends come to help him. Okay, they really do. “They sat with Job on the ground seven days and seven nights, not speaking a word to him, for they saw that he was in excruciating pain.” Job 2:13 But then they help him. They regurgitate platitudes and rigid religion to Job […]Read more "When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Shrinking Before the Mystery"
In college, I treated myself to a new hi-def television and sound system…by putting them on a credit card. It was great. The night I “bought” them I watched a movie at home on my on own home theater system. It was great until I got the credit card statement. Each time I saw that statement […]Read more "40 Days of Change: Heart Treasury"
Everything had fallen apart… This is the context for so much of Scripture, including Wisdom Literature. Wisdom Literature–Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.–was probably assembled after the golden era of King David was over, after the temple had been destroyed, after God’s people had completely lost their sense of security. So in many ways, Wisdom Literature is […]Read more "Wisdom for All Ages 4: Fear of the Lord"
Know-it-alls…we all know them, and we all know how they make us feel: insecure, distant, frustrated, annoyed. I (Ross) confess that I can be a know-it-all. So I was cut to the heart when I read in Proverbs 12:15, “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to advice.” In fact, a […]Read more "Wisdom for All Ages 3: Created to Grow"
For the next three weeks, we are doing a special kind of family worship on Sunday mornings. We’re inviting our kids to be with us for the entire hour of worship–a practice that we’re going to carry into the future. There are many reasons, but the primary one is that Jesus suggests that children should […]Read more "Wisdom for All Ages 1: the Right Path"