Saturday, June 17, 2006


I’m preaching through the book of Ecclesiastes this summer. You talk about vanity! What an adventure.. been there done that is written throughout this book. Interestingly, Koheleth not only did what he said but liked doing it and did it better than all before him. Is this ever a book for our time. One blogger calls it a Woody Allen film flanked by Cecil B DeMille epics. In our postmodern age where absolute meaning is no longer necessary for life, our personal quest for eternal significance in the face of hebel* has never been more bewildering or compelling.

*Note: the Hebrew word used to describe “life under the sun” in Ecclesiastes is HEBEL, meaning breath or vapor. Hebel is meaningless, futile, vapid, fleeting.

1 comment:

Ray Anderson said...

Too late for your series this summer, but I just had a book of sermons published on Ecclesiastes titled: Exploration into God: Sermonic Meditations on the Book of Ecclesiastes (Wipf & Stock, Eugene: Or, 2006). These were sermons preached years ago, that I have recently edited for publication. If interested, contact me by email and I will send you an electronic file of the manuscript. Ray Anderson,Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary.