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 […]

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 […]

Smart storytelling, five reactions to Palm Sunday

(This article first appeared on TGC Australia: https://au.thegospelcoalition.org/article/smart-storytelling-five-reactions-to-palm-sunday/) 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 […]

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 […]

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