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Instructions from the Grave

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Christ Jesus, our risen Lord. This week we come to the central portion of the Preacher’s argument in Ecclesiastes. With chapter six, Solomon begins a new cycle in his argument, which as we now can see more clearly, is that “life is to be enjoyed by […]

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Turn, Turn, Turn

In chapter 1 of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher introduced his main thesis: death puts an end to our repetitive quest for greatness and gain and instead teaches us that we are simply part of the generation who came after the last one and before the next. But it’s not just that the whole of our lives […]

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Chasing the Wind

The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. It is a book that brings to us the wisdom of God, and does so in a twofold way: (1) It seeks to make us wise about the life of faith lived out in a fallen world. It seeks to impress […]

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Overview of Ecclesiastes: Finding Joy in the 'Shadowlands' Part 3

In our previous post, we noted that we are in for a surprise. There is more than tears and pessimism awaiting us in the book of Ecclesiastes. For our reading guide, Zack Eswine, in Recovering Eden, reminds us that ‘the Preacher’ calls us to a ‘sacred worldliness.’ What does he mean by this? “Because there […]

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Overview of Ecclesiastes: Finding Joy in the 'Shadowlands' Part 2

In our last post, we talked briefly about the surprising nature of the book of Ecclesiastes. We noted that ‘the Preacher’ uses certain words to paint an image for us of a broken world, ‘under the sun.’ One of the first things we note about this guide is that his language is unexpected. It is […]

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Overview of Ecclesiastes: Finding Joy in the 'Shadowlands' Part 1

Greetings friend and grace to you. This Sunday we will begin a new series on the book of Ecclesiastes, one of the wisdom books of the Bible. In the next few days I will offer some introductory material to assist you in both reading and delighting in this book that someone has described as possibly […]

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Why Study Ecclesiastes?

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. There are many wonderful things coming up at Redeemer. Please check your calendar to make sure you are able to be involved. Sunday August 27 Tom Franklin, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) @ Birmingham Southern College Tom is our guest speaker this […]

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Rejecting the Real Jesus

Expectations. Expectations. Have you ever gone to a dinner party, thinking it was casual attire, and everyone but you was dressed to a T – the men in suits and ties, the ladies in evening gowns and high heels? Or perhaps you were set up by a friend on a blind date, and this friend […]

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What Do You Think of Jesus?

When the apostle John was enabled to see into heaven, he could handle it. When he was enabled to see into hell, he could handle that too. But when he saw Christ, the risen and reigning Christ, he fainted away. And they were best friends during the Lord’s humility here on earth. But when John […]

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Christus Victor

The Christian faith is thoroughly miraculous. The Red Sea parted for Israel, Jesus was born of a virgin, healed diseases, and rose from the dead. Yet, some people get hung up on miracles. In 1804 Thomas Jefferson took a razor to his New Testament and cut out everything he found incompatible with his rationalism. Only […]

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