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

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

November 25, 2018

Learning to Live

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

November 18, 2018

Risky Business

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

November 11, 2018

Longing For Relief

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

November 4, 2018

Folly, Wisdom, and Hope

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

October 28, 2018

Complex Conversations about the Church

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

October 21, 2018

The Oppression of Work

Series: Ecclesiastes: Answering Absurdity Passage: Ecclesiastes 4:1–4:16

October 14, 2018

The Truth About Time

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

October 7, 2018

Chasing Labor

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

September 30, 2018

What's the Point, Then?

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

September 23, 2018

Testing Life's Pleasures

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

September 16, 2018

Wisdom that Leaves Us Wanting

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

September 9, 2018

An Invitation to the Weary

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

July 25, 2021

The Discovering Church

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: The Jonah Church

July 18, 2021

The Arising Church

Preacher: Colin Deay Series: The Jonah Church Passage: Jonah 3:1–3:10

July 11, 2021

The Humbled Church

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: The Jonah Church Passage: Jonah 2:1–2:10

July 4, 2021

July Go Forth

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: The Jonah Church Passage: Jonah 1:1–1:17

June 20, 2021

The Problem of Theological Disagreement

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: Exploring Acts Passage: Acts 21:17–21:26

June 13, 2021

The Problem of Suffering Leadership

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: Exploring Acts Passage: Acts 21:1–21:16

June 6, 2021

The Problem of Difficult Transitions

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: Exploring Acts Passage: Acts 20:17–20:38

May 30, 2021

In the Name of the Triune God

Preacher: Colin Deay Series: Stand Alone Sermons Passage: Matthew 28:16–28:20

May 23, 2021

The Problem of Tough Decisions

Preacher: Bill Lovell Series: Exploring Acts Passage: Acts 20:1–20:16