Reflections and Blog

Sanctified Self-Interest

If you listened to the Sunday sermon on companionship, you may have noticed that Solomon’s teaching assumes our self-interest. “If you want to be happy and wise, then don’t go through life alone.” But isn’t this a selfish kind of reasoning (cf. Phil 2:3)? Shouldn’t Christians seek companionship in order to give and not receive…

Is There an Easier Way?

The Christian’s path is often hard. Though there is eternal life and joy in knowing Christ (John 3:16; 17:3), the faithful Christian often must endure persecution, strain against sin, and work hard to serve Christ and others. As Pastor Babij mentioned in his Sunday sermon, the difficulty of the Christian life can cause a person…

Waiting Well

As I listened to Pastor Babij’s sermon on Sunday, I was reminded once again how much God’s people need to learn the skill of waiting well. Life is full of waiting. We wait everyday, whether it’s for traffic, dinner, or that customer service rep. Furthermore, as we’ve also been learning from Solomon, life contains long…

An Ecclesiastes Thanksgiving

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have been reflecting on God’s providence in our going through the book of Ecclesiastes. Certainly the truths we’ve heard from Solomon help us respond appropriately to the difficult events of our present time, but they also specifically prepare us for our upcoming holidays. Solomon is plain…

Does King Solomon Preach “Carpe Diem”?

Carpe diem is a famous Latin phrase often translated to “seize the day.” The phrase originates from the 1st century BC Roman poet, Horace, and represents a call to enjoy the present moment without taking too much thought for the future. A carpe diem mindset is often associated with secular hedonism; the future is uncertain,…

Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

In Pastor Babij’s Sunday sermon, he asserted that some sins are worse than others and that homosexuality is a particularly heinous sin. You might have wondered, however, “Aren’t all sins the same before God?” The answer biblically is that both are true: in one sense all sins are equally evil to God, and in another…

This Also Is Vanity

As we continue to await the results of the 2020 election, I keep finding myself thinking about Ecclesiastes. Solomon proclaims in Eccl 1:2 that everything under the sun is “vanity” or, more literally, “vapor” (Hebrew hevel). Thus, governments, even entire nations, are also vapor. Consider how insubstantial, like vapor, governments are. People look to their…

Rehoboam Ruined It

One aspect of Eccl 2:12-26 that I did not get to explain in Sunday’s message is how Solomon’s fears and frustrations regarding death poignantly played out in his own passing. Solomon’s legacies of both wisdom and work were quickly ruined by his successor. When Solomon laments in Eccl 2:16 that wise men are forgotten just…

The Remnant Principle

One of the statements that stuck out to me in Pastor Babij’s Sunday sermon is regarding how many people will end up holding fast to God’s truth. We might expect that, for most issues of truth in the world, the majority of people will be right and only a few people on the fringes will…

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

A few years ago I heard a sermon that I will never forget—but not for a good reason. A guest preacher was preaching a powerful sermon at a solid church about the danger of being led astray from Christ into sin and error. But then, as an aside, the preacher said, “But you all go…