Bible Reading Column

Oct 21 2018: Psalms Overview*

We are in our final stretch of the Bible reading for this year. For those of you who have been faithfully following the Bible Reading Plan, you should have read through all of the Old Testament’s wisdom literature (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon) and two-thirds of the Psalms. This week we began Book V […]

Sept 30 2018: True Fellowship*

As we kick off a new season of small group, we want to be encouraged from the “twin texts of fellowship” from Hebrews. The first text comes from Hebrews 10:24–25: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but […]

Sept 16 2018: Ecclesiastes on How to Live*

Ecclesiastes is one of the Old Testament’s five wisdom books. It has been said that the Psalms teach us how to worship; Proverbs, how to behave; Job, how to suffer; Song of Solomon, how to love; and Ecclesiastes, how to live. How? With realism and reverence, with humility and restraint, coolly and contentedly, in wisdom […]

Sept 09 2018: Finding Meaning of Life*

Ecclesiastes is a carefully crafted whole, but as befits the Teacher’s search for meaning, the book tracks back and forth as he explores area after area of life. His autonomous way of knowing, starting not with the fear of the Lord but depending on his experience, observation and reason, leads him repeatedly to the conclusion that […]

Sept 02 2018: Introduction to Ecclesiastes*

AUTHOR:  The author of Ecclesiastes calls himself “the Preacher” (1:1). Some interpreters have concluded that this was Solomon, while others think he was a writer later than Solomon. Either way, the book claims that its wisdom comes from the “one Shepherd” (12:11), the Lord himself. LITERARY FEATURES & THEME:  Although Ecclesiastes is wisdom literature, it […]