Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2

When I was 17, as part of my punishment for a horribly tragic car accident, in which I was at fault, I did 150 hours of community service in a local hospital’s emergency room. There I saw some nasty wounds. The most difficult was an elderly woman who got a nasty gash on her foreheadContinue reading “Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2”

Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1

I’ve had to read some dense philosophy and theology books over the years for courses I was taking. For a doctoral course this past spring, I read one so intricate, there were numerous times I wondered if it was a farce, a parody of a book. In fact, the author frequently made statements that, inContinue reading “Healthy communication – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 1”

Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5

We recently had a snowstorm that blanketed our area with 8 inches of snow. Nothing massive, but given that we only got 5 inches total the entire previous winter, 8 inches felt like a lot. About 20 minutes away at my son and daughter-in-law’s house, the storm dropped 12 inches. As you traveled further northContinue reading “Keeping up with God – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 5”

Attention young people! – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 4

Young people! This is for you! (Older people can learn from it as well!) In our study of the ancient wisdom of Ecclesiastes, we come to a poetic section in which the Teacher, the author of Ecclesiastes, gives us practical advice. Here is Ecclesiastes 12:1-8, as translated by my Old Testament seminary professor, David Dorsey.Continue reading “Attention young people! – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 4”

How the aging process can help us evaluate the past year – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 3

Years ago, one of the home-bound members of my church family, who has since passed away, described for the me the process of her ever-decreasing eyesight.  She said that it was only during the bright sunlight of the day that she could see around her room.  As the months and years went by, the darknessContinue reading “How the aging process can help us evaluate the past year – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 3”

How do we evaluate the dumpster fire that was 2020? – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 2

How do we evaluate 2020? As I mentioned in the previous post, it could be very easy to just say it was so bad that there is nothing to learn. Instead, we should have the posture of learners, no matter the situation, and the next passage in Ecclesiastes is a wonderful guide to help usContinue reading “How do we evaluate the dumpster fire that was 2020? – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 2”

Not so fast 2021…why we needed 2020 – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 1

A new year is upon us!  Are you excited?  On one hand, the switch from December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021 this coming Thursday night is the same as any old Thursday night.  It is one day, then the next day.  Sure, we get a long holiday weekend, which is nice, but New Year’sContinue reading “Not so fast 2021…why we needed 2020 – Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8, Part 1”

What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post

For Christmas Eve, Faith Church included as part of our worship service, the excellent depiction of the Christmas Story as told by the TV show The Chosen. Before continuing with this post, I urge you to watch the episode below: As I watched the first part of the video, the introduction felt very familiar.  RememberContinue reading “What people need to know about Christmas – Honest Advent Bonus Post”

How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5

What should we do to use our bodies to express our faith?  In the previous post, I mentioned church attendance. But an embodied faith must go well beyond church worship service attendance. So look to Jesus.  Jesus had a human body, and he showed us how to live.  Jesus invites to do what he did.Continue reading “How to practice our faith like Jesus – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 5”

The most important spiritual habit? – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 4

I once had a class in seminary where we were talking about we are embodied souls, which is our topic on the blog this week, and the professor asked the class what we would consider to be the most important spiritual habit we should practice.  Of course there are the common answers of prayer andContinue reading “The most important spiritual habit? – Honest Advent Week 4, Part 4”