The old saying: “if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?” works with a number of assumptions that float just below the surface of its cheeky tone – that being smart should result in wealth, and that poor people are therefore by definition not smart. While neither assumption is necessarily true, these ideas shape many of our attitudes toward wealth.Read More
When I lived in Calgary I served for four years as a crisis intervention worker at the Foothills Hospital. During that time I carried a pager and would get ‘buzzed’ when there was a “crisis.” Now a crisis in a hospital is when the very capable staff are facing a situation they could not handle or take the time to handle.Read More actions, alive, faith
On Keats Island in British Columbia I was speaking to junior high schoolers at a camp. (My respect for junior high teachers grew exponentially after this experience.) However, I captured their attention by asking them to keep a secret with me. On Wednesday of that week, I had arranged to have a deadly weapon brought onto the island.Read More discipline, tongue, weapon
A poisoned tongue can cause terrible damage. In 1 Samuel 22 (the context for Psalm 52) the venomous tongue of Doeg resulted in the murder of 85 priests; as well as the men, women, children and animals in Nob.
Psalm 52, a maskil (psalm of instruction), deals with the inexorable justice of God.Read More justice, the tongue, wickedness