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?!
http://vimeo.com/3509581 There is no hope for the person who gives his life to the pleasures of this world. There will be no newness, no creativity in that kind of life. There will only be an “empire of dirt.” Always. Listen to Russell Moore: Cash’s haunting music video for the song features faded film shots of his youthful glory days—complete with the images of friends and colleagues, once at the height of their fame, who are now dead. As the camera pans Cash’s wizened, wrinkled face, he sings about the awful reality of death and the vanity of fame: “What have … Continue reading Johnny Cash, “Hurt”
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
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2) We must always live in faith that God is the one working in and through us (Phil. 2:13). He is the one who makes things tick. We are not ultimate. He is ultimate. We still must build and stay awake and work hard and plan and prepare. But we must not do it anxiously. We must learn to rest in the LORD, and trust his sovereign work in our lives, for … Continue reading Trust in God, Get to Sleep
During an interaction online today, someone told me, “I’m really not interested in you responding to me. I most likely won’t read it, so go ahead and save your time.” In this case, there is really only one way I can respond: Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you (Proverbs 9:8). If you are the scoffer: Repent. Be humble. Be wise. Don’t be puffed-up and foolish. And if you are on the receiving end of such folly: Be discerning, knowing that reproof and correction will not always be … Continue reading Responding to a Fool