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Compared with some other books of the Old Testament, it is not quite so easy to find Jesus in the Proverbs. So writes David Murray, in Jesus On Every Page, pp175-186. [The substance of this section of his book can be found here]
But, since all Scripture witnesses to Christ, we will look for him, and expect to find him there. Of course, the witness of Proverbs to Jesus will be ‘temporary, provisional, preparatory, and prophetic’, because in Jesus himself, “A greater than Solomon is here.”
‘Truth’ in John’s Gospel
I’ve been thinking recently about the use (and abuse) of imagination and creativity in preaching.
In both content and style, today’s preaching is so very different from that of our Lord’s as to suggest that we should not take anything for granted.
I want to write about this, not because I think I’m good at it, and would like to share my expertise, but because I know I’m not very good at it, and want to improve, and help others to do so as well.…
William Barclay (Daily Study Bible on Mark 15:5) writes:-
There is a time when silence is more eloquent than words, for silence can say things that words can never say.
(i) There is the silence of wondering admiration. It is a compliment for any performance or oration to be greeted with thunderous applause, but it is a still greater compliment for it to be greeted with a hushed silence which knows that applause would be out of place.…
Thom S. Raynor notes that leaders often fail to apologise properly for their failures and mistakes. They thereby sacrifice integrity and lose credibility.
Among the worst examples of nonapologies, Raynor suggests the following:-
Actually, I think I can top these. Recently, I purchased a motor vehicle and as soon as I collected it I noticed, and reported, that a piece of equipment was missing. The salesperson’s response? “Apologies if this was not something you noticed prior to sale…”! …
What the Exodus story means for us will depend to a large extent on our own point of view. John Goldingay discusses a number of ‘lenses’ through which Exodus has been, and continues to be, seen.
1. Pietism. The pietist ‘lens’ is concern with my personal relationship with God. Biblical stories then become ‘lessons’ or templates for how God deals with us today. In typical Goldingay fashion, however, there is a reluctance to affirm that the story of Moses and exodus prefigure God’s saving work in Christ. …