Why Is That Preacher So Skeptical?!

Many of us have read Ecclesiastes and have been blown away at how negative it is. Incredibly negative. Unbelievably negative. Depressingly negative.While the author of Ecclesiastes is skeptical, however, it’s clear from the book itself that “the Preacher” (Eccl. 1:1) is not on par with modern atheistic nihilists. A nihilist argues that nothing has meaning. The Preacher appears to argue that (cf. 1:2), but throughout the book, the Preacher actually believes life has meaning, for God is real, true, and trustworthy. He even states that the whole point of life is to fear God and obey him, for God is … Continue reading Why Is That Preacher So Skeptical?!

Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit

I attended Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit this year at a satellite location here in Omaha. There was a lot to receive, some things to redeem, and others to reject. Today, Erwin McManus, pastor of Mosaic in Los Angeles, closed out the Summit with his talk about Christians being culture creators and creative story tellers. He exceptionally articulated the fact that because God is a creator, Christians are also called to be creative and enter into the redemption that God is working in the world. He told about the time he led Soledad O’Brien to Christ while describing a documentary he … Continue reading Thoughts on Erwin McManus’s Talk at the Global Leadership Summit

Proverbs: The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

Series Index The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom Christ the Wisdom of God Wisdom in Reproof Wisdom in Stewardship Wisdom in Friendship Wisdom in Speech Wisdom in Righteousness Part 1 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. Socrates is credited by most to be one of the founders of Western philosophy.  Many consider him to be one of the wisest men who ever lived.  Interestingly enough, he is known only through the writings of his students, most extensively through Plato. Modern-day philosophers look to men like Socrates and Plato, and other Greek philosophers … Continue reading Proverbs: The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

The Curse of Time

Before sin, there was no time in the sense that we know it now.  Ecclesiastes says that our hearts were made for eternity.  That is why the issue of time can be frustrating to us: “Why are things taking so long!” “We need more time!” “This day has flown by.” Time is a product of evil.  We were made for a timeless enjoyment of God, but we rejected that truth in the Garden and exchanged it for a lie.  Things won’t get better until we reach that timeless enjoyment of him.  Lord willing, that time will come soon. Continue reading The Curse of Time