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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

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

September 20, 2020

Conflict and Continuing Mission

Speaker: Bill Camp Series: Exploring Acts

September 6, 2020

Law and Grace

Speaker: Colin Deay Series: Exploring Acts

August 23, 2020

Mere Mortals

Speaker: Bill Camp Series: Exploring Acts

August 16, 2020

A History of God's Grace

Speaker: Colin Deay Series: Exploring Acts

August 2, 2020

We Do Not Lose Heart

Speaker: Justin Smith

July 26, 2020

Led by the Spirit

Speaker: Colin Deay Series: Exploring Acts

July 12, 2020

Jail Break

Speaker: Bill Camp Series: Exploring Acts