Endnotes: Introduction to Part 4

  1.  For a comprehensive analysis of biblical perspectives on planning, see chapters 13 and 14 in Garry Friesen with J. Robin Maxson, Decision Making and the Will of God, revised and updated edition (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2004).
  2. The Hebrew Proverbs may seem chauvinistic to modern day readers, for their criticisms of domestic discord are uniformly directed at contentious or quarrelsome wives. We must understand that not only were the Proverbs written by men, they were addressed to young men who were in training for leadership. See David Atkinson, The Message of Proverbs: Wisdom for Life (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996), 23. Given equal opportunity, Israelite women could no doubt identify corresponding foibles in the character of Jewish husbands. Today, we would not be out of line to mentally substitute the word “spouse” every time we read “wife” in the text.
  3. Bill Hybels with Lynne Hybels, Making Life Work : Putting God’s Wisdom into Action (Downers Grove, IL.: InterVarsity Press, 1998), 114. Hybels amplifies this point in the following paragraph: “I think the writer of Proverbs would tell us not to worry if we shank a golf shot, lose a family heirloom, burn the Thanksgiving turkey, dent a fender on the car, flunk a pop quiz, or say something stupid to our boss. Don’t sweat the small stuff. But don’t make a mistake when you’re choosing a marriage partner. Don’t subject yourself to years of heartache and pain. Don’t mess it up.”
  4. The developers of the divorce-prevention/marriage enhancement program, Christian PREP, state: “The fact is…that revelation and sound research are consistently and amazingly consistent in those areas where they speak to the same phenomena.” “Christian PREP: Integration Model,” PREP Inc., PO Box 4793, Greenwood Village, CO 80155-4793, 1996–2007, accessed at www.prepinc.com/main/cprep_integration_model.asp (via Internet Archive Wayback Machine).