The gospel is for Christians too

Everyone likes Charlie* at church. He’s a bubbly guy, all kinds of fun, and always has something helpful to share from the Bible. But those close to him know he has serious anger issues. If you disagree with him, he’ll tear you apart. And Charlie knows it’s a problem. He’s tried counselling, he’s tried anger […]

Thoughts from “In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri

One way I’m trying to expand my cross-cultural experience is by reading stories and reflections from authors outside my own background. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri offers a fascinating window into the mind of an English-speaking author who tries to find her voice in Italian. Writing in a language that “first captivated and capsized […]

Smart storytelling, five reactions to Palm Sunday

(This article first appeared on TGC Australia: It’s one thing to have a COVID vaccine available. It’s another matter to convince people to get one. That’s why governments around the world have launched million-dollar ad campaigns to encourage their citizens to get vaccinated. As a former copywriter, I’ve been fascinated by how campaigns around […]

Job 21: Keep listening to me!

Here’s a rough translation of Job 21 from Hebrew, with comments. 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 | Translation: 1 And Job answered, and he said: 2 “Keep listening to my words!And may it be your consolation3 Bear with me (lit: lift me), now I will speak,And after I speak you may mock.” 4 “[Why] should […]

What’s your top tip for a spiritually beneficial lockdown?

(Picture credit: Yesterday we had the privilege of Sam Cutforth (friend, fellow college graduate and Associate Pastor at Howick Baptist) “visit” our church family to preach Ephesians 2:1-10. Amidst the madness of a sudden Level 3 lockdown and half our members trapped outside Auckland due to roadblocks, God was kind and we still managed […]

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