Blueberry Donuts!

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 I kept my heart from no pleasure. (v. 10) It’s easy when reading a passage like this to nod in agreement. It’s easy to castigate “them,” the faceless people who have more money than we do and show off with self-indulgent big houses, fancy cars, boats, and expensive clothes. Just as I was writing that, I heard …

Meeting Qoheleth

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me. (v. 16) In this passage the author of Ecclesiastes identifies himself as the Preacher. In Hebrew the word is Qoheleth. It means one who convenes or addresses a group or congregation. Some translations use “the Teacher,” “the Philosopher” or even “the Quester,” which also …

Pastoral Naysaying

Jeff Munroe

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 All is vanity. (v. 2) Like the Song of Solomon, Ecclesiastes is read at a Jewish festival, in this case Sukkot. This is Israel’s most joyous festival, which combines a celebration of the harvest with remembrance of God’s provision and deliverance during the exodus. On the surface, it seems unusual to combine the seemingly dour message of …

The Gift of Love

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 8:5-7 Set me as a seal upon your heart. (v. 6) Chapters 6-8 of the Song of Solomon include further descriptions of beauty and declarations of love that echo what has preceded, which means we’ve come to the end of our look at this ancient poem. Before turning our attention to Ecclesiastes, let’s consider these words …

How Would You Describe Jesus?

Jeff Munroe

Read: Song of Solomon 5:10-16 This is my beloved and this is my friend. (v. 16) In today’s passage, which mirrors the groom’s physical description of the bride (4:1-16), the tables are turned and the bride now describes her beloved groom from head to toe. In the first line, the words translated as “radiant and ruddy” are actually the words …