Tags: wisdom

On Returning Home

Over the last couple of weeks, work assignments have taken me to Singapore, Taipei, Taiwan, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Along the way I’ve had a chance to spend time with co-workers, meet friends of RBC, and see some of the ways that East and West are closer than they are far apart. In Taipei I […]

Knowledge Without Wisdom Can Drive us Crazy

Knowledge without wisdom can make us naïve, foolish, or crazy. Have been thinking about this after rediscovering a book by Henry Cloud and John Townsend that is titled 12 Christian Beliefs that Can Drive you Crazy (Zondervan 1994-1995). The first false assumption that they list is “It’s selfish to have my needs met”. In a […]

Relatives and Absolutes

In matters of truth and morality, some of us tend to think in black and white. Others see in shades of gray. The first group is more inclined to use words like always or never. The second is inclined to say, “But sometimes. . . .” The difference can easily affect the way we see […]

Sobriety

More than a few times, I’ve been inspired by those who have learned the hard way to understand the meaning of sobriety. But what if we said together… OK, some of us get the thing about misusing alcohol, street drugs, or even prescription meds. Maybe it’s time to take our story to the next step… […]

Four Kinds of Wisdom

According to Buddhist folklore. Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman. Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other […]

Better than Gold

Do we associate wisdom with  Confucius or Buddha rather than with Jesus and Paul? If so, we might miss the significance of what Solomon recommends when he writes, “Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom […]

The Wisdom and Foolishness of Simplicity

The Proverbs talk about the foolishness of “simplicity.” Paul talks about its wisdom. 2 different kinds of simplicity are in view. The wisdom of the Psalms and Proverbs warn about the danger of being naïve, gullible, and unaware of danger lurking behind the false claims of deceitful or misguided people (Psalm 119:30; Prov 14:15). Paul […]

Could This be True?

Just read something I find hard to believe. Found it in a short article by Liz Szabo writing for USA Today. She says that, according to a report released online in  The New England Journal of Medicine, “Eight hospitals reduced the number of deaths from surgery by more than 40% by using a checklist that […]

Black, White, and Grayscale

Some of us tend to think in terms of black-and-white, clear-cut categories. To us, a statement or a conclusion is either true or false. Others are more likely to see how the same statement might be either true or false depending on the circumstances. Some of us work from a truth model which might say, […]

Four Kinds of Wisdom

While in Asia recently I saw examples of eastern religion that were foreign to faith in Christ. My heart went out to mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who have not yet discovered the incomparable and unparalleled life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Thinking back, however, I also remember how, on another trip to the region, […]

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