Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
Do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
For they will surely sprout wings
And fly off to the sky like an eagle.
- Proverbs 23:4-5 (NIV)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.