Destiny: Learning to Live by Preparing to Die

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Aug 15 2018 12:25 PM

New commentary on pre-pub with stellar recommendations.

Recently we worked through Ecclesiastes in our home groups at St George’s, Poynton. Uniformly, people who had hitherto spurned it as ‘too difficult’ found themselves facing a Bible writer who seemed to be asking today’s questions and giving timeless answers. Every reader of David Gibson’s steady and reverent progress through the book will reap the same reward, along with wonderfully enhanced understanding and rich insight into divine truth. Those who have benefited from David’s work in the foundational book From Heaven He Came and Sought Herwill rush to enjoy the same values here of profound scholarship and covetable clarity of presentation.

Alec Motyer, author and Bible expositor

David Gibson’s expositions of Ecclesiastes are like Ecclesiastes itself: sometimes shocking, often tantalizing, always refreshing. He deftly combines serious stuff with a light touch, clear style and gospel relief. You will repeatedly run into ‘think-stoppers’; he will make new grooves in your grey matter that weren’t there before; and you will often admit, ‘I wish I’d have thought to put it like that!’ I think the writer of Ecclesiastes would be pleased with David’s work.

Dale Ralph Davis, formerly Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

The past two decades have witnessed quite a number of popular expositions of Ecclesiastes—and this one by David Gibson is the best of them. It follows the line of the book in a believable and compellig way. Its applications and reflections are cogent and telling, and the writing is characterized by grace and verve. Moreover, the questions found at the end of each chapter make this volume suitable for small-group Bible studies. Highly recommended.

D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and President of The Gospel Coalition

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Ted Hans | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 12:34 PM

Paul Caneparo:
New commentary on pre-pub with stellar recommendations.

It's here https://www.logos.com/product/165464/destiny-learning-to-live-by-preparing-to-die   Big Smile

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Whyndell Grizzard | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 1:00 PM

Reading the new volume in NSIBT "Death and the Afterlife", also have Hendriksen's "The Bible on the Life Hereafter" for some different info regarding the topic.

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 1:27 PM

Whyndell Grizzard:

Reading the new volume in NSIBT "Death and the Afterlife", also have Hendriksen's "The Bible on the Life Hereafter" for some different info regarding the topic.

I'm not sure if this commentary covers similar material, as it's a commentary on Ecclesiastes.

Here's some background from the introduction.

Ecclesiastes has changed my death. But it is an enigma. It has baffled scholars and pundits with its repeated refrain: ‘Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!’ In my opinion, part of the brilliance of Ecclesiastes is that it teaches us that life often slips through our fingers and eludes our comprehension by being itself elusive and perplexing. Is there a better way to explain how life can leave you scratching your head than by writing a book that leaves you doing the same? The message of the book is mirrored in the effect of the book. Yet Ecclesiastes also makes a very simple point: life is complex and messy, sometimes brutally so, but there is a straightforward way to look at the mess. The end will put it all right. The end – when we stand before God as our Creator and Judge – will explain everything. Left to our own devices, we tend to live life forwards. One day follows another and weeks turn into months and months into years. We do not know the future, but we plan and hope and dream of where we will be, and what we would like to be doing, and whom we might be with. We live forwards. Ecclesiastes teaches us to live life backwards. It encourages us to take the one thing in the future that is certain – our death – and work backwards from that point into all the details and decisions and heartaches of our lives, and to think about them from the perspective of the end. It is the destination that makes sense of the journey. If we know for sure where we are heading, then we can know for sure what we need to do before we get there. Ecclesiastes invites us to let the end sculpt our priorities and goals, our greatest ambitions and our strongest desires. I want to persuade you that only if you prepare to die can you really learn how to live.

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 1:49 PM

Ted Hans:

Paul Caneparo:
New commentary on pre-pub with stellar recommendations.

It's here https://www.logos.com/product/165464/destiny-learning-to-live-by-preparing-to-die   Big Smile

Thanks for adding the link.

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Liam Maguire | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Aug 15 2018 11:34 PM

Thanks for drawing this to my attention. Placed a pre-order.

Carpe verbum.

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Paul Caneparo | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 10:53 AM

Nord Zootman:

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It looks so. This is the one Logos are making available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Learning-Live-Preparing-Die-ebook/dp/B01HSQCBO6/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The previews for both show the same contents but different publishers.

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Nord Zootman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 16 2018 11:12 AM

Thanks Paul

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 9:19 AM

Looks like an excellent book.

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Aug 17 2018 10:32 AM

Bruce Dunning:

Looks like an excellent book.

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