Mark S. Mitchell

Pastor, Writer, Follower of Jesus

Qoheleth: Preacher, Teacher, Gatherer


Qoheleth (ko-HEHL-ehth) may seem like a strange name for a blog. It’s actually the name of a book in the Bible (you may know it as Ecclesiastes). The book is named after its protagonist. Often, it is translated as Preacher or Teacher. The name actually comes from a Hebrew word that means to assemble or gather.

I resonate a lot with Qoheleth. Like him, I am a preacher and a teacher. I have served as such for over 25 years at the same church on the San Francisco Peninsula. Like Qoheleth, I see a lot of people (myself included!) seeking for meaning in life in ways that make me cry out, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” Finally, like Qoheleth, deep down I actually believe that meaning can be found in fearing God, working hard and enjoying the simple pleasures of daily life, which are all gifts from the hand of God.

I would like this blog to be a place where I gather meaningful thoughts on life, love and leadership as a human being and a follower of Jesus. These thoughts will represent an assembling of my own reflections, teachings, readings and writings. Besides being a pastor, I am a writer, a husband and a father. From time to time, I will share stories and reflections of my family, my friends, my church and my Lord. They are all very important to me. I am not sure if what I have to say is all that important, but I know that it is important for me to say it. I hope you enjoy Qoheleth!

5 thoughts on “Qoheleth: Preacher, Teacher, Gatherer

  1. You forgot to mention good friend to many and Granpa!! Yay for Granparents Day.

  2. Looking forward to your posts, Mark

  3. Looked up “qoheleth”. Timely, material concerns are always welcome under the illuminating examination of a pure heart seeking eternally relevant Truth. Ecclesiastes has a strangely deceiving calming assurance that the simplest God-centric walk brings the sweetest fulfillment. Funny how that works.

    Enjoy you journey, Brother. A few may even watch where it leads…..

  4. Looked up “qoheleth”. Terrific idea & opportunity. Many will learn that simplicity of in/of life can be a highly desired state. Ecclesiastes so profoundly captures the essence of relational God-centered joy and freedom.

    Enjoy your journey, Brother. Looking forward “peace in our time”

  5. Thank you for create the Qoheleth. Every Sunday, I looking forward to your preach. Now I can learning more from your blog. God blessing our preacher. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom.

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