Sharpening the Countenance

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, focusing on the metaphor in Proverbs 27:17 about iron sharpening iron, poses the question as to whether we can really sharpen a friend's countenance. Considering how a blade, whether used in agriculture, as a tool, or weapon, is sharpened, we discover that an edge can either be honed with a honing rod or sharpened …


Iron Sharpens Iron (Part One)

CGG Weekly by Ryan McClure

Honing a blade re-forms or re-aligns the blade, while sharpening removes metal to expose or create a sharper edge. This happens within friendship, too.


Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by Ryan McClure

How do we 'sharpen' another's countenance? Most importantly, the imagery implies proximity, closeness. Nothing can be sharpened unless there is contact.