Each Friday, I’ll post links to 3–5 resources from around the web you may want to check out.
The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes
Here’s a nice summary of the book of Ecclesiastes and some thoughts on its relationship to the gospel.
Too often, our superficial, triumphalistic approach to Christianity in America doesn’t face the real problems of living in a sinful world. In Ecclesiastes 8:14, the Preacher, provides this depressing assessment, “There is a vanity that takes place on earth, that there are righteous people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and there are wicked people to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.” Not exactly the kind of descriptions that would make a tourism brochure for the global chamber of commerce. But the preacher in Ecclesiastes follows that statement up with “I commend joy” and “to eat and drink and be joyful” (Ecc 8:15). What is the connection between gut-wrenching, painful injustice and being joyful?
What Do I Do With “Wasted Years?”
Jeremy Howard writes a personal reflection that is worth your time. He wrestles with a question many of us face—how should we think about periods of our life where there is no obvious fruit from our diligent efforts for the kingdom of God?
Due to life circumstances, I left at the end of 2014. Shortly after that, the school had to close for a myriad of reasons. When I left 6 years after starting, I had changed exactly none of that future for them. Years of effort and love and passion poured into a project that one day vanished like the mist. No discernible impact from my perspective. What was it all for? Was there a purpose in what I did? I cannot speak to the greater impact, only eternity can reveal that.
What’s the Difference Between Sloth and Rest?
John Piper gives a helpful answer to this question. He describes the difference between the laziness of the sluggard and the restfulness of the diligent.
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