Bonhoeffer on Stupidity

The following quotation (from Bonhoeffer's Letters and Papers from Prison) is a section of a Christmas letter that he sent to his fellow co-conspirators, called After Ten Years, in which "he reflected on the years since Hitler came to power and the resistance into which he had been so ineluctably drawn" (xii). As with every quotations, I …

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Biblical Wisdom

Choose Wisdom | Proverbs 9

We now conclude our study through Proverbs’ introduction. Our text brings to close the messages and themes of the first nine chapters, while also inviting us to dive into the collection of proverbs that follow. In many ways, this chapter is an expanded and illustrated explanation of Proverbs 1:7. Two paths in life are before …

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Biblical Wisdom

The Call of Wisdom | Proverbs 1:20-33

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If …

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Vanity Under the Sun

The Vanity of Folly Under the Sun | Ecclesiastes 10

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION Ecclesiastes 10:1 | Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Ecclesiastes 10:3 | Even when a fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he says to everyone that he is a fool. OPENING THOUGHT At its …

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My Dog Never Catches Squirrels (and neither do I)

She tries every single morning without fail to get the squirrels chattering happily in the trees above the backyard. She's out there each day but hasn't even come close to catching one (and wouldn't know what to do with it even if she did). It's a worthless exercise, but one that she will urgently awaken me to …

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Wrestling with God

Dinah & Shechem | Genesis 34

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and …

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Wrestling with God

Isaac Blesses Jacob | Genesis 27:1-28:9

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION So he came near and kissed him. And Isaac smelled the smell of his garments and blessed him and said, “See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed! May God give you of the dew of heaven and of …

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