Resources by Andrew Canavan

Andrew Canavan is a "son" of Tenth Presbyterian Church. He recently graduated from Westminster Seminary California and works at a Christian college in San Diego where he lives with his wife and daughter. 

Proverbs 29:14

If a king faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will be established forever.

As Americans, most of us probably feel far removed from monarchy. Our presidents and other elected officials serve for limited terms that never go on forever. This was not true in Old Testament Israel and the nations that surrounded it: the ideal was for a king to rule for many…

Proverbs 29:13

The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.

The book of Proverbs is very concerned with righteous and compassionate treatment of the poor and the downtrodden. This verse echoes several other proverbs that get at a similar message. The English Standard Version (ESV) gives a very literal translation of this verse that is, perhaps in this…

Proverbs 29:12

If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.

One of the common sense rules of economics is that supply often follows demand. When, for example, the iPhone created a huge demand for smartphones, dozens of others manufacturers attempted to fill the market with a supply of smartphones of varying quality. That same principle is the point of today's proverb…

Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.

The proverbs are full of vivid contrasts, especially between the foolish and the wise. The picture painted in this proverb contrasts the fool—who never has a thought or emotion that he doesn’t express in words or actions—with the wise man—who is measured and prudent in giving voice…

Proverbs 29:10

Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless,
and seek the life of the upright.

Anyone who has ever been to summer camp knows that there is one camper in every cabin who is the goody-two-shoes. They, usually unintentionally, spoil every prank or unsafe (but thrilling) activity by telling the counselor everything and, thus, become the object of loathing by the more mischievous campers…