The past ten months have been a challenge for local churches and for those called to lead them. With the implementation, subsequent adjustments, lifting, and reintroduction of lockdown restrictions, most elders feel like Ezra when he pulled his hair out (Ezra 9:3). Sometimes, we have
Some years ago, Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute, launched an investigation into the spiritual formation of young people. A growing number of young adults were seemingly abandoning their faith soon after high school. Powell and her team hoped to find the
Having experimented with wisdom and hedonism, Solomon reviews his experience and concludes that wisdom is better than folly but, in the end, both the wise and the fool die, so it really makes no difference how one lives because of the ever-present reality of death.
Proverbs 31:10–31—the famed passage about the ideal wife/woman—paints a picture of an honourable, rather than a dishonourable, life. It shows Lady Wisdom in living flesh. But while Proverbs 31 describes the ideal woman, this is not its main thrust. Its main thrust is to highlight