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: 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 […]

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: @vide.design) 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 […]

Job 20: the joy of the godless is for a moment

Here’s a rough translation of Job 20, with comments. As background, during our Level 4 lockdown last year I tried to lock down some reading to hold on to my Hebrew. You can see them here (helpful insights are thanks to God: typos and mistranslations wholly my fault): 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 | Translation: 20:1 And Zophar […]

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