Resources by Carroll Wynne

Carroll Wynne is Minister of Pastoral Care and has ministered at Tenth for 25 years. He provides pastoral care and counseling to Tenth members and regular attenders.

Parish 31? What happened to Parishes 1 through 6? And what precipitated these changes?

These references to parish redistricting may have you confused... here’s the back story.

Parishes at Tenth were designed to provide spiritual care for members and help us bear one another’s burdens, both physical and spiritual. Each parish is led by a Parish Elder, who oversees the spiritual well-being of the church members…

Proverbs 27:6

Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
    profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Yesterday pitted a secret unspoken love versus an open reprimand. Today turns the tables to place the reader on the receiving end… and the relationship it defines. How would you define friendship? There is a saying about friendship I found online which is rather pithy:

Proverbs 27:5

Better is open rebuke
    than hidden love.  

This proverb is not about employing diplo-speak when a Reuben-esque woman tries on a tiny two piece swim suit and asks for your honest opinion. Nor is it about the hilarity which breaks out when a guy discovers his totally wrong decision in front of the clued-in friends who watched him crash and burn…

Proverbs 26:8

Like one who binds the stone in the sling is one who gives honor to a fool.

In the continuing rant regarding fools, the writer now promotes a smart proverb about honoring fools: he is against the idea.  As one commentator pithily wrote, “the stone is there to be slung out. So is the fool.” (Kidner, Tyndale OT, p. 155)

So how are…

Proverbs 25:24

It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife. 

This exact same wording is found in 21:9—and I would encourage you to see Rev. Clark’s comments there. Is there more to extract from this proverb?  Of course! Rev. Clark rightly focused upon a wife’s negative (quarrelsome) interaction with a husband (and did so…

Proverbs 25:12

Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold
is a wise reprove to a listening ear.

While enjoying this proverb and its obvious theme of the preciousness and value of a wise reproof, memories have flooded back of moments when my life has been enriched by the wisdom our Lord has provided for me through others. It is one of the reasons…

During the weeks leading up to Easter our pastoral staff will tackle theological topics related to the resurrection in a series we're calling "Easter's Gospel."

As we have pondered the centrality of the cross and the salvation Christ’s sacrifice secured for us, we finally consider the revelation of God as seen in the cross. John Stott wrote, "[the cross] was a ‘revelatory’ as well as a ‘salvific’…

During the weeks leading up to Easter our pastoral staff will tackle theological topics related to the resurrection in a series we're calling "Easter's Gospel."

One of the greatest joys of the Lenten season is thinking about Christ and the great salvation he has won for us. The dizzying rise of Joseph from prisoner to prime minister of  the greatest nation on earth must have taken his breath…

Proverbs 24:30-34

I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the…

During the weeks leading up to Easter our pastoral staff will tackle theological topics related to the resurrection in a series we're calling "Easter's Gospel."

Substitutionary sacrifice is illustrated strikingly throughout Scripture. Abraham’s prophetic words in Genesis 22:8, “God will provide for himself the lamb” (supposedly only for Isaac’s ears), pointed forward to the provision of Christ as, “the Lamb of God who takes away the…

Proverbs 24:23-26

These also are sayings of the wise.
Partiality in judging is not good.
Whoever says to the wicked, “You are in the right,”
will be cursed by peoples, abhorred by nations,
but those who rebuke the wicked will have delight,
and a good blessing will come upon them.
Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.

If you…

Proverbs 24:21-22

My son, fear the LORD and the king,
and do not join with those who do otherwise,
for disaster will arise suddenly from them,
and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

These two verses conjure up from my memory the photographic image of a father and daughter in a war-torn city attempting to cross a street during a…

Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built,
and by understanding it is established;
by knowledge the rooms are filled
with all precious and pleasant riches.

The wisdom books of the Bible (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon) provide wonderful “technical” help for home architects (cf. Ps. 127; Prov. 9:1; 14:1). Have you considered how your home will be constructed? Are…

Proverbs 23:9

Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.

The proverb is almost comical in the picture it connotes. The hero/guide shouts words of instruction, only to be ignored by the fool who then lands in the hidden trap…which if filled with tigers!

But how does this work out in everyday…

Proverbs 22:26-27

Be not one of those who give pledges,
who put up security for debts.
If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should your bed be taken from under you?

To unscramble this verse, some background is needed.

Pledges = collateral for a debt.

Cloak = doubled as a blanket for comfort and warmth in bed…

Proverbs 22:15

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Training a toddler not to touch household chemicals needs no explanation of merits in terms of parental discipline, nor demands any rationality to offer the child.  However, Proverbs 22:15 goes way beyond this simple imperative to address “stupidity and stubbornness” (Kidner) which assumes…