Food For Thought: We Are All Scarecrows (Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-5)

First the bad news: we’re all scarecrows. Not the cute “Wizard of Oz” kind of scarecrow, with a winsome song and dance.  Nor the scary “Batman” kind of scarecrow as psychopathic super-villain. No.  We’re the T.S. Eliot kind of scarecrow: “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with … Continue reading Food For Thought: We Are All Scarecrows (Meditation on Ephesians 2:1-5)

How is Peter Rollins Like Doug Wilson?

"Excuse me, Russell, did you just compare Peter Rollins with Doug Wilson?"Peter Rollins, the Irish post-Christian thinker who wrote The Idolatry of God as an earnest call to lay down our “addiction to certainty and satisfaction.”Doug Wilson, the Christian reconstructionist who regularly debated atheist Christopher Hitchens on the lecture circuit.These two are polar opposites.  How … Continue reading How is Peter Rollins Like Doug Wilson?

YOLO: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (part 2)

Contrast the void of hedonism with the headiness of accomplishment.  Qohelet gives accomplishment three times the attention as hedonism.  “I undertook great projects…” he says, and then catalogs what he has done: building, planting, accumulating, creating culture.   Qohelet proficiently executes the cultural mandate of Genesis 1: 28 “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and … Continue reading YOLO: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (part 2)

YOLO: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 2:1-9 (Part 1, v 1-3)

YOLO. It stands for “You Only Live Once.” It was a motto for the millennial and younger generations, though now it has become passé through overuse.  If you’re over 40 and have not heard YOLO, think “carpe diem” – seize the day. YOLO had its brief moment in the sun in late 2011 and early … Continue reading YOLO: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 2:1-9 (Part 1, v 1-3)

For Tonight, It’s The Meaning Of Life (A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 1:3-18)

19th century writer Henry David Thoreau moved to the woods around Walden pond so he could experience a life of simplicity.  He felt weary of the routine, unexamined life of the shopkeeping townspeople.  “The mass of men,” he wrote, “lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Thoreau intended to confront life, rather than fill his hours with … Continue reading For Tonight, It’s The Meaning Of Life (A Meditation on Ecclesiastes 1:3-18)