That old predestination question

Does God choose or elect some people to salvation? When it comes to the question of predestination, a locus classicus (well-known text) is Ephesians 1:3-5: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us […]

Remember His Fatherly love

There are two kinds of relationships in the world: transactional, and covenant. Here’s some examples of transactional relationships: I give you a burger because you gave me some moneyI’ll do work for you because you give me a salary or a feeI subscribe to my favourite Youtuber because they offer regular content that I like […]

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 […]

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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