Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity

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Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity

In learning English grammar, we learn basic rules like “i before e.” But then, once we have the rules mastered, we then are taught that there are all the exceptions to the rules, like “except after c, or when sounding like “a”, as in neighbor and weigh.” Some have wondered how Ecclesiastes fits in the Bible at all; but if we are honest, for many people, the same question fits when asking how God is in charge of anything at all. The world seems full of contradictions, exceptions, and frustrations. Ecclesiastes is an invitation to see the world most fully for what it is: God’s good creation, wounded by sin, full of joy and sadness, delight and despair, and that answers sometimes amount to sheer absurdity. As we long and look for the day when all absurdity is answered, we can draw comfort with a God who isn’t afraid to “go there” with us and acknowledge how messy and mixed up things really are.

December 2, 2018

The End of the Matter

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:8–12:14

November 25, 2018

Learning to Live

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:7

November 18, 2018

Risky Business

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:1–11:6

November 11, 2018

Longing For Relief

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 8:10–8:17

November 4, 2018

Folly, Wisdom, and Hope

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:8–7:14

October 28, 2018

Complex Conversations about the Church

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 5:1–5:7

October 21, 2018

The Oppression of Work

Speaker: Steve Williamson Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 4:1–4:16

October 14, 2018

The Truth About Time

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1–3:15

October 7, 2018

Chasing Labor

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:18–2:26

September 30, 2018

What's the Point, Then?

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12–2:17

September 23, 2018

Testing Life's Pleasures

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1–2:11

September 16, 2018

Wisdom that Leaves Us Wanting

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:12–1:18

September 9, 2018

An Invitation to the Weary

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:1–1:11

March 17, 2019

Exaltation

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 2:9–2:11

March 10, 2019

The Worst Sermon Ever

Speaker: Matt Grimsley Series: Stand Alone Sermons Passage: Jonah 3:1–3:10

March 3, 2019

Humiliation

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 2:5–2:8

February 24, 2019

The Complexity of Unity

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 2:1–2:4

February 17, 2019

The Gift of Suffering for the Gospel

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:27–1:30

February 10, 2019

For Me or For Them?

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:18–1:26

February 3, 2019

Laboring for Gospel Fruit

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:12–1:18

January 27, 2019

A Prayer for Overflowing Love

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:9–1:11

January 20, 2019

Joy in Christ’s Completing Grace

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:3–1:8

January 13, 2019

Identity and Implications

Speaker: David Ridenhour Series: Philippians: Joy from the Depths Passage: Philippians 1:1–1:2