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Oct 28, 2018 | Rev Dave Buerstetta

Wise Words?

To see the video shown during the sermon, click over to Pastor Dave's blog

What does wisdom look like?

Whom do you consider wise?


For many people, when it comes to biblical characters associated with wisdom, Solomon is at the top of the list. The Narrative Lectionary lesson for this week is 1 Kings 3 — the paradigmatic Solomon wisdom story. In fact, it is the story that created the narrative of Solomon the Wise. The story itself tells us that much. But what else is going on here? How does this story connect with — or act as corrective to — other scriptural stories?


If we can answer those questions, how does that help us live a life of faith and love today?

What do we do when conventional wisdom no longer satisfies? Or, worse, seems flat out wrong? Perhaps Solomon has something to teach us still? 

REFLECTION: "The Bible wasn't written like a newsletter.  (Solomon was not as wise as he is portrayed).  Wisdom not rooted in love, is not wise.  Hateful, violent words lead to hateful, violent actions (need to be honest about our violent, hateful actions).  Justice is correcting everything that stand in the way of love. God's justice is for everyone." - Savannah