The Davenant House invites you to the Fall 2019 Davenant Discussions Series, a time of excellent fellowship, good food, and rich discussion as we press into what it means to apply Biblical wisdom in our contemporary world.

The details for the next Davenant Discussions event are below. We encourage you to register by clicking the link at the bottom of the page as soon as possible as space is limited! This is a donations only event (suggested donation $10-15), so please plan to give what you are able on the day of the event to help us cover food and speaker costs and enable us to do more events like this ongoing! If you have any questions, please contact Davenant House Director Michael Hughes ([email protected]).

Davenant House | Landrum, SC

Pointless! Futile! Meaningless! What is this book doing in the Bible? A look at Ecclesiastes and its message for the modern reader.

Our September iteration of Davenant Discussions will focus on the pursuit of wisdom from the book of Ecclesiastes featuring Dr. Benjamin Shaw from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  He will discuss his recent commentary Ecclessiastes: Life in a Fallen World, we’ll enjoy lunch together, and there will be rich discussion time to think about how this oft misunderstood book helps us understand how to live wisely under the sun.


10:00 – Welcome, meet and greet
10:15 – Introduction to Davenant House and Davenant Discussions, Introduce Dr. Shaw
10:30 – Opening lecture: “Where in the (Intellectual) World is Ecclesiastes? From What Perspective Ought we to Read this Book?” followed by discussion/question and answer
11:45 – Lunch and continued discussion/fellowship
1:00 – Second lecture: “Impermanence and Permanence: Living in an Ever-changing/Never-changing World” followed by discussion/question and answer
2:15 – Snack and drink break
2:30 – Closing lecture: “Life in Fullness: Where Ecclesiastes Takes Us” followed by discussion/question and answer, application
3:45 – Thank you and closing comments followed with optional tour of property
Register soon in order to help us plan food and snacks!

Our Speaker


Dr. Benjamin Shaw was born and raised in New Mexico, but moved East after college. He has a Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary; a Ph.D. from Bob Jones University. He has taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 29 years. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He has four children and nine grandchildren. His recent work and our topic of discussion, Ecclesiastes: Life in a Fallen World was published by Banner of Truth Trust in May 2019.

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“There were other joys to be found in their company which still more powerfully captivated my mind – the charms of talking and laughing together and kindly giving way to each other’s wishes, reading elegantly written books together, sharing jokes and delighting to honour one another, disagreeing occasionally but without rancour, as a person might disagree with himself, and lending piquancy by that rare disagreement to our much more frequent accord. We would teach and learn from each other, sadly missing any who were absent and blithely welcoming them when they returned.”—Augustine, ConfessionsIV.8.13