3 ideas to unlearn from (Job’s) F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Last month, about 1 million Kiwis tuned in to watch the Friends reunion (myself included). One thing I learned from watching it (besides how quickly celebrities age!) is how this 90's sitcom about 20-somethings in New York is still a global phenomenon, through endless reruns and Netflix, and translations into dozens of languages. In one [...]

Why does Job use “bless” to mean “curse” in Job 1-2?

Yesterday, a friend shared the following list of words online: https://www.facebook.com/EricLige/posts/10159204157499659?cft[0]=AZWhsdIMYiLFhLlu3OXD9VYhII2cuAHf8awSWJYwKbNEupeBCkgzEn5W1EJ7Zd0BwwM_0GIY0mNdrQE6RP6ZtS2LRhHY7lTXTFAmP5LIueo3IosMUCbrxrVTiVDC0Y3s_os&tn=%2CO%2CP-R Credit: Eric Lige @ Facebook.com Contronyms (or "Janus words") are words with two opposite meanings. For example, you can cleave to someone, or cleave from someone. You can dust off the countertop, or dust a cake with icing sugar. Lease a house out, or [...]

Job 25: Bildad the brief

After Job's reply (ch23-24), Bildad issues one final reply (ch.25). Here's a translation. Previously: 1:1-5 | 1:6-12 | 1:13-22 | 2:1-6 | 2:7-13 | 3:1-10 | 3:11-26 | 4 | 5:1-7 | 5:8-27 | 6 | 7 | 8:1-7 | 8:8-22 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13:1-16 | 13:17-14:22 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23-24 Translation: 25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and he said: 2 “Dominion (lit: to rule) and dread [are] with him,[Who] makes peace in his high [place].” 3 Is there number to his armies?And over whom does his light not arise? [...]

Thoughts on preaching the book of Ephesians

Last Sunday, our church just finished a series on the book of Ephesians. It's been a joy the past few months to share the pulpit with fellow pastors and friends as we enjoyed an all-you-can-eat buffet in this powerful, practical letter. To prepare for the series, I translated the passage from the Greek text and [...]

All the earth sings: a playlist of worship in the nation’s languages

One way I've tried to stay fired up for God's heart for the nations to hope in Christ is by praising Him in different languages. To help with this, I put together a playlist of 150 songs curated from around the world. Most of the songs will hopefully be familiar to English speakers. The list [...]

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