Where Wisdom Is Found

In the rich heritage of Christian wisdom, the human hunger to behold the ultimate cause of reality and to be transformed by its embrace is satisfied in a startling way--on the Cross.

Biblical sages teach "fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," yet as a pathway to God, fear seems to us unattractive and mysterious. Russell Reno explores "the everlasting fear that is consistent with a love that draws us ever nearer." Robert Wall explains how the Letter of James calls us to be a wise community that walks and talks the "wisdom from above."

David Jeffrey praises Marilynne Robinson's novel Gilead for depicting the instruction of the young by the wise. It "illuminates the qualities of character which, unless they are acquired, can render the wisest of words vacuous, or inaccessible to their hearer's understanding."

"My generation has been so busy trying to out-run age and to defy death that we have modeled disrespect of older people" Jeanie Miley confesses. "How then can we in the Church re-establish a connection with the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us in a way that is meaningful to those who will come after us?"

The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to articulate the rich heritage of Christian wisdom in its theoretical and practical dimensions. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.

Download the entire Where Wisdom Is Found issue and the set of six Study Guides. Or, download individual pieces by clicking the titles below.



Hymn and Worship Service

Inspirational Pieces

Book Reviews

  • "Neglected Wisdom," by Jonathan Kruschwitz
    • Ellen F. Davis, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs
    • James Limburg, Encountering Ecclesiastes: A Book for Our Time
    • Daniel J. Harrington, Jesus Ben Sira of Jerusalem: A Biblical Guide to Living Wisely
  • "Models of Spiritual Discernment," by Helen H. Cepero
    • David F. Ford, Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love
    • Gary W. Moon and David G. Benner, editors, Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls: A Guide to Christian Approaches and Practices
    • Jeanette A. Bakke, Holy Invitations: Exploring Spiritual Direction
    • Marva Dawn, Joy in Divine Wisdom: Practices of Discernment from Other Cultures and Christian Traditions

Study Guides and Lesson Plans (Download the set of six Study Guides)