Textual issues in the “chorus” of Psalm 42-43

While preparing for a sermon on Psalm 42 recently, I stumbled across an odd text-critical issue. Most commentators point out the presence of a repeated refrain/chorus in verses 5 and 11, which also appears in Psalm 43:5. In several English translations, these are rendered identically, e.g. ESV: "5 Why are you cast down, O my [...]

So no one told you life was gonna be this way

What does the Friends theme song sound like in a minor key? That's what Youtuber Chase Holfelder tried to find out when he covered The Rembrandts's 90's classic, "I'll Be There For You": https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=UmdkGH3Plgo https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=14&v=UmdkGH3Plgo It's telling how a few musical tweaks can shift a song's mood entirely. After all, your job's a joke; you're [...]

You can’t live on Xmas leftovers forever (so start a Bible reading plan)

What's one of the best things about a Christmas feast? Not having to cook for days. All that effort braving the supermarkets, glazing the ham, stuffing the turkey - it's worth it when you can just lay on the ham sandwiches meal after meal. Living on Xmas leftovers: what a life. But eventually you have [...]

Greek gems from the Sermon on the Mount

We've just finished a six-part series on the Sermon on the Mount at our church. No one told me how daunting it would be to scale the heights of Jesus's words! But it's been so good for my soul to chew on them these past weeks and to journey through them with our church family. [...]

5 things I learned about preaching while stacking bread

Like many others, serving in gospel ministry during the COVID pandemic has meant picking up some part-time work to put bread on the table. In my case, literally: in God's providence, the Lord provided 6 months of part-time bread merchandising work that dovetailed into our call to pastor a new church family where I'm preaching [...]

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