Thoughts from preaching the book of Job

Earlier this year we finished up a series at church exploring the theme, “Deeper into Pain & Suffering”. As part of it, I had the privilege of preaching 5 talks through the book of Job. It was a challenge covering 42 chapters as a church but we made it, and God spoke to us deeply […]

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:[0]=AZWhsdIMYiLFhLlu3OXD9VYhII2cuAHf8awSWJYwKbNEupeBCkgzEn5W1EJ7Zd0BwwM_0GIY0mNdrQE6RP6ZtS2LRhHY7lTXTFAmP5LIueo3IosMUCbrxrVTiVDC0Y3s_os&tn=%2CO%2CP-R Credit: Eric Lige @ 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 […]

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