- How do I find time to study?
- How do I adjust to study life again since I have left school/college/university some years ago?
- Is theological studies very difficult?
- Will theological studies result in spiritual dryness since there is so much emphasis on the academic requirements?
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Who Owns the Bible?: Toward the Recovery of a Christian Hermeneutic
Reviewed by J. R. Daniel Kirk
The Blemished Body: Deformity and Disability in the Qumran Scrolls
Reviewed by Jeremy Schipper
Richard Horsley, editor
Oral Performance, Popular Tradition, and Hidden Transcript in Q
Reviewed by Joseph Verheyden
Bridging the Gap: Ritual and Ritual Texts in the Bible
Reviewed by Wes Bergen
Jerusalem: Ein Handbuch und Studienreiseführer zur Heiligen Stadt
Reviewed by Gabriele Fassbeck
A People Tall and Smooth-Skinned: The Rhetoric of Isaiah 18
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Nocturnal Ciphers: The Allusive Language of Dreams in the Ancient Near East
Reviewed by Robert Gnuse
Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers
Reviewed by Mark Reasoner
Daniel N. Schowalter and Steven J. Friesen, editors
Urban Religion in Roman Corinth: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Reviewed by Jonathan Reed
Gregory of Nyssa: The Letters: Introduction, Translation and Commentary
Reviewed by Ilaria Ramelli
Libraries, Translations, and 'Canonic' Texts: The Septuagint, Aquilla and Ben Sira in the Jewish and Christian Traditions
Reviewed by Pancratius Beentjes
John H. Walton
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Alan Lenzi
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Words of Appreciation
1) David Gunaratnam: Quiet Leadership
Wong Fong Yang
2) Spirituality: Some Thoughts on Culture, Context and History
Biblical Perspectives: Leadership, Spirituality and the Corinthian Correspondences
3) No Mission Without Holiness
4) The Servant of the Lord and Mission Leadership: Reflections from Isaiah 49:1-7
5) Mission and Spirituality: Lessons from 1 Corinthians
6) Is There A Place For Suffering In Mission? Perspectives from Paul’s Sufferings in 2 Corinthians
Lim Kar Yong
7) Trying to Preach in Context – Some Reflections from 2 Corinthians
Historical Perspectives: Past Models and Present Challenges
8) The Moravians: A Model of Spirituality and Mission for the Asian Church
9) Revitalization, Renewal and Missions: A Case Study on Sidang Injil Borneo
10) Mongolians: Their Journey of Faith
Kwai Lin Stephens
11) Robert Morrison – The Trailblazer and Beyond: Following One Trail of Christian Medical Service in China
James H. Taylor III
12) D. E. Hoste: The Spirituality of a Servant Leader
13) The Spirituality of Wang Mingdao
Programmatic Proposals for the Future of East Asian Church and Mission
14) The Multicultural Congregation: A Critical Model for the Future of Asian Christianity
15) Leadership or Servanthood?
16) Transforming Conversion: From Conversion to Transformation of Culture
17) Rethinking the Meaning of the Cross for Christian Discipleship
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
I find some very helpful and interesting ideas for teaching Paul's missionary journeys in the book edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray, Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, Resources for Biblical Study 49 (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature 2005) as highlighted in a previous post on Classroom Ideas for Teaching the Bible.
With some modifications to suit a younger and non-academic audience, and together with two other "partners-in-crime", we hope to try out the idea of "Paul and the Amazing Race" in one of the meetings of the College and University Group in my church in November.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
To all our graduands, congratulations. May the Lord's richest blessings continue to rest on you as you go forth to serve him.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
To all our graduands, I wish God's abundant blessings in your ministry.
A Discourse Analysis of Matthew's Nativity Narrative
The Glorification of the Son of Man: An Analysis of John 13:31-32
The 'Breastplate of Righteousness' in Ephesians 6:14: Imputation or Virtue?
God's Law, 'General Equity' and the Westminster Confession of Faith
Taught by God: Divine Instruction in Early Christianity
Renewing the Mind: The Role of Cognition Language in Pauline Theology and Ethics
Friday, 19 October 2007
The Symbolic Jesus: Historical Scholarship, Judaism and the Construction of Contemporary Identity
Reviewed by Milton Moreland
Four Times Peter: Portrayals of Peter in the Four Gospels and at Philippi
Reviewed by Timothy Wiarda
James H. Charlesworth, editor
Jesus and Archaeology
Reviewed by Jonathan Reed
Steven Holloway, editor
Orientalism, Assyriology and the Bible
Reviewed by Christopher Hays
J. Maxwell Miller and John H. Hayes
A History of Ancient Israel and Judah
Reviewed by Kenton Sparks
"Ascolta figlio": Autorità e antropologia dell'insegnamento in Proverbi 1-9
Reviewed by Paul Sanders
Jean-Michel Poffet, Daniel Brizemeure, Noël Lacoudre, Émile Puech
Le Rouleau de cuivre de la grotte 3 de Qumran (3Q15): Expertise - Restauration - Epigraphie (2 Volumes)
Reviewed by Samuel Thomas
Jürgen Zangenberg and Michael Labahn, editors
Christians as a Religious Minority in a Multicultural City: Modes of Interaction and Identity Formation in Early Imperial Rome
Reviewed by Jonathan Reed
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
"One of the challenges of reading 1 Corinthians these days is that its style seems foreign to us and many of its passages seem irrelevant to us today. On the other hand, many of the passages have become too familiar, overly authoritative, and too oppressively close for comfort in the lives of many Christians."
"Cyss uses the insights of hermeneutics and other critical methods to offer a new reading of Paul's letter for our day. Since much of the letter discusses decisions that have been made or ought to be made by the Corinthians about people, beliefs, behaviors, and situations, Cyss reads 1 Corinthians in terms of discernment and judgement."
The contents of the book have already captured my attention:
Chapter 1: Introductory thoughts on reading 1 Corinthians
chapter 2: Reading 1 Corinthians in the twenty-first century
Chapter 3: The aporetic character of the new reality of God's reign
Chapter 4: Dialogues concerning the new community in Christ
Chapter 5: Old moral order or new law of Christ? : the issue of discerning and judging
Chapter 6: The text of 1 Corinthians and its twenty-first-century readers : moving toward praxis and open-endedness.
I look forward to engaging Croker's utilisation of Mikhail Bakhtin's literary theory of "dialogism" in unpacking 1 Corinthians in which an analysis of the aporetic tensions that determine Paul's eschatology, ecclesiology, and ethics is offered.
Looks like it will be time well spent in the waiting room for the next few days.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
For information regarding the beneficiary, please visit http://www.shelterhome.org.
It is interesting to note one of the photos in page 3 of the newsletter depicting the visit of Dr Michael Fonner and Dr Philip Baker of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to the seminary in April 2007. I am not sure whether this is an oversight, or someone is trying to make a rather amusing and conspicuous statement. The photo is reproduced without any touch up.
So, what do you think? What is the hidden message? Can someone break the "Da Vinci code"?
Monday, 15 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
So how does the Matthew and Friends project work? One can just follow the 5 simple steps:
While I think the Matthew and Friends project is a commendable attempt in encouraging churches in Malaysia to be active in sharing one's faith and as a meaningful way in reaching one's neighbours, I do have some concerns. Perhaps I am overtly sensitive here. I am not so sure that evangelism can simply be achieved through some programmatic strategies. I am not so sure also whether we should treat our friends, neighbours, relatives and colleagues simply as objects of evangelism. Do we love and care for them for a reason? Can't we love them because we have the love of Christ in us? What if they turn around and say that they are not interested in our gospel, will we still demonstrate the same love and care?I think Pearlie has something excellent to say here, and I freely quote from her recent post: "I see evangelism as living a life as a community, sharing our lives with others...It is a giving of ourselves to one another, and that by living out Christ in us, our lives can rub off on others that they too will come to see and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then our duty is to live a life of Christ - in our thoughts, speech and deeds. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not think that evangelism is making friends so that we can share the Gospel with them, as it is with certain teachings, training sessions, books and guides. It is making friends because we have the love of God; they are not the object, but the subject. There is no framework, formula or step-by-step-guide to do that. It is a real living out of our lives with the people around us. It is imitating Christ in all aspects of our lives, being his follower so that others may see and follow him too. Yes, we can talk about Christ but what we do speak louder than what we say."
Saturday, 13 October 2007
The New Testament book of Romans has played an important role in the life of the church from the period of the early church and through to the present day. In this concise survey of the major theological changes associated with Paul’s letter, Mark Reasoner focuses on its history and interpretation, particularly through the works of Origen, Augustine, the medieval exegetes, Luther, and Barth. In doing so, he reveals that by a circuitous route, western Christians in the 20th and 21st centuries are returning to reading Romans in ways very similar to Origen’s concerns in the third century. This is true particularly in regard to issues of the human will, sensitivity to Jews and Judaism, openness to the possibility of universalism, and a deconstructive reading of the obedience to government passage in Romans 13. Thus, in addition to giving a helpful overview of Romans itself, this book will help readers situate their theological questions within the 2000-year history of conversations about Paul’s letter to Roman believers.
Terrance Callan, Dying and Rising with Christ: The Theology of Paul the Apostle. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2006.
Terrance Callan describes the theology of Paul that underlies and comes to expression in his letters. What is most distinctive about this presentation of Paul's theology is the argument that dying and rising with Christ as part of the body of Christ is central to Paul's understanding of Jesus as savior and to his understanding of Christian life. While other presentations of Paul's theology acknowledge the presence of this theme in Paul, none of them sees it as central to his theology. Dying and Rising with Christ also discusses Paul's understanding of God more extensively than other presentations.
Scholars have long debated the "double character" of Romans. Why did Paul address a long discussion of Jewish themes to a Gentile audience? Das provides a fresh understanding of the identity and attitudes of the Gentile Christians in Rome and of the expulsion of Jews from Rome under the emperor Claudius. His reading offers new insight into Paul's concern for the Jewish roots of the Christ movement.
Christopher Rowland & Christopher Tuckett, eds. The Nature of New Testament Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
This volume brings together some of the most distinguished writers in the field to provide an overview of discussions about the nature of New Testament theology. The volume explores New Testament theology in three main ways. Firstly, it examines the development, purpose and scope of New Testament theology. It then goes on to examine the relationship of New Testament theology with other branches of theology, such as systematic theology, biblical theology, practical theology and social scientific criticism. Finally, it looks at crucial issues within the New Testament, such as the historical Jesus, the theology of the cross, eschatology, ethics and the role of women. The book is dedicated to and honours the work of Robert Morgan whose pioneering work gives it its title.
A. Andrew Das. Paul and the Jews. Library of Pauline Studies. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2003.
The book examines the question, "How did Paul’s thinking compare with that of the Jews of his time?" By providing a survey of the scholarly views on this question, Andrew Das offers the beginning Pauline student an entrance into the interesting world of Pauline studies and then presents his own conclusions to this pivotal question.
Friday, 12 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
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Check out the latest craze of a closet bibliophile aka an open bibliophile but a closet bibliomaniac.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
"He came, he spoke, he left." That's the three line novel Alex Tang has for me.
Alex posted an interesting entry on composing three lines novel. So I commented that for a talkative person like me, "it would be very difficult to do a 3 lines novel...but perhaps I should try it once for my sermon." And in reply, this is what I got from Alex: "He came, he spoke, he left."
Hmmm....I have to think hard since I normally complain about sermons that are over 45 minutes in length. For me, a good length sermon should preferably not exceed 35 minutes (well, I know some may dispute this. Some prefer a longer sermon, some shorter).
Perhaps a three lines sermon would be a nice change....I know for sure that my colleague in charge of AV will be very pleased with this.
And so the pastor of the church said, "And we will never invite him back to our pulpit again."
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
STM Tuesday Chapel - Sermon Transcript
October 2, 2007
Topic: I Am Not the Christ
Text: John 1:19-28; 3:22-30
If you have been following our Rabbi’s blog, you might be interested in his recent post titled “The Higher You Go, The Harder You Fall.” Rabbi's post highlights the rise and fall of many prominent Pentecostal preachers in recent months. This kind of news is hardly anything new. Over the years, the Christian church has witnessed numerous scandals of prominent preachers. These scandals range from sexual abuse, sexual immorality to financial mismanagement.
I have always pondered as to why there could be so many scandals in the Christian Church. After all, aren't we supposed to the salt and light of the world? Whatever happened to this calling of ours? Instead, our very behaviour informs the world that we are in fact no different from them. Somehow, I always suspect that many of these ministers/preachers caught in these scandals think that they can get away even when their scandals are exposed. Perhaps they think that their sins will not be discovered. Perhaps they think that the church would exercise more grace in the event that their embarrassments are revealed. But above all, I strongly suspect that these people think they are invincible, above the law, and perhaps they are next to God. As such, they have all the authority to do whatever their fleshly desires lead them. After all, who dares to touch the Lord's anointed?
But before we point our finger at others, let us admit that none of us is ever exempted from these scandals. Let us not make the mistake that we too are free from the temptation of the flesh, the lure of power and authority, and the quest for fame, fortune and success. If are not careful, we can fall into any one of these traps - be it sexual immorality or financial misappropriation. This is where our reflection takes us to John the Baptist.
In our first reading earlier on, we see that John is a popular figure (John 1:19-28). As a result of his popularity, the religious leaders from Jerusalem send a delegation to investigate John. This results in a series of Q & As. The first question the delegation asks is this: “Who are you?”
John answers, “I am not the Christ.”
Then comes the next question, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?"
He said, "I am not."
"Are you the Prophet?"
He answered, "No."
This delegation is now getting anxious and concerned. They are not getting anything from John. He is not the Messiah, he is not Elijah, and he is not the Prophet. Who, then, is he? And so they press John, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, "I am the voice of one calling in the desert, `Make straight the way for the Lord.' "
Here we see a man who virtually refuses to dwell on himself. His clearly understands that his ministry is to magnify the coming Messiah, the Christ. He knows he cannot do so by talking about himself. He can only repeatedly said, “I am not the Christ.”
I really like this confession. This is the earliest Christian confession. And in many ways, I think this confession is better than the Heidelberg Catechism, the Apostle Creed, or Nicene Creed. And let me also suggest that this is perhaps the most important confession that we as ministers and future ministers of the gospel need to believe in firmly and strongly. Let us take to heart the confession of John the Baptist: “I am not the Christ. He must increase, and I must decrease.”
Let me also go further to suggest that this is one confession that will also protect us in our ministry so that we will not fall into the trap of sexual immorality, financial mismanagement and the temptation to compromise the truth of the gospel in our quest for fame, fortune and success. Let us be reminded that we are not the Christ. Jesus is the one that will build the church, not us. Jesus is the one that will be magnified, not us. Let us be reminded that we cannot draw people to ourselves – we have to point others away from us so that we can point them to Christ. This is where we can learn from John.
One day, some of John’s disciples came to him and said, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." (John 3:22-30). Well, after Jesus begins his ministry, many of John’s disciples abandon him and decide to follow Jesus. Those who are loyal to John begin to lodge their protest: "Master, don’t you care that you are loosing ground – your grassroots are switching camp."
John responds, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, `I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less."
What an answer. What a beautiful reply from John the Baptist. Here is a man who knows the purpose of his ministry and mission in life - to point others away from him so that he could point them to Christ. It does not matter if his followers decide to switch camp to follow after Jesus. After all, that is his purpose - to point others to the coming Messiah. Let us also learn that our ministry is not to draw people to us. Instead, our ministry is to point others to the soon coming King.
Allow me to close with this illustration in which I will dramatise a little bit the image that John uses in his reply to his disciples. Some of you know it very well, but some of you will probably have to use your imagination a little bit. In every wedding, if you are the best man, you know you are the best man for the job when you know that you are not the groom, but just a best man. Just imagine that in this particular wedding where you are the best man. Here you are, standing in front of the sanctuary with the groom. The anxiously awaited moment has arrived, and the bride is now marching in towards the front of the sanctuary. All eyes are now on the beautiful bride, and the groom is getting all excited. In fact, he’s getting a little nervous. He could feel his heart palpitating, and his palms are getting all sweaty. And his eyes are all on his bride. But as she marches closer, the groom suddenly realises that something is just now right – just as he fixes his gaze on her, he realises that her eyes are just off centre. She is looking not toward him but elsewhere, to the best man that stands beside him. As he turns to look at the best man, he notices that the best man is playing eyes signal with her and the bride is responding to the best man. Now if you were the groom how would you have felt?
Friends, if we want to man and woman that God uses and one that remains faithful to him, don’t we dare to compete with the affection of the bride. Don’t we dare to be playing eyes with the bride and to cause her to fall in love with us. Don’t rob the attention of the bride to ourselves. Remember, friends, when the bride comes in, this is the hour for the bridegroom, and this is precisely where we fade away.
And this is the very confession of John: “I am not the Christ, he must increase and I must decrease.”
May this be so in our lives.
This article is timely in light of what my colleague, the Rabbi, posted in his blog: "The Higher You Go, The Harder You Fall." In this post, the Rabbi drew attention to the scandals among some of the pentecostal mega-preachers. While the highlight is on the Pentecostals, let us make no mistake for none of us is immune from these scandals, if we are not careful ourselves.
As such, I find Grady's article not only timely, but also a very sober warning for all us, particularly so for our friends in the seminary that will be graduating in less than 2 weeks. May all of us be reminded that as servants of the Almighty, let us not play around with "strange fire" (Lev 10:1) and test the Lord's patience. Instead, let us echo the prayer of Grady: “Lord, when will You clean up Your church? When will you send Your holy fire into the sanctuary? When will You turn over the tables of the moneychangers and drive the charlatans out of Your house?”
I pray that the 57 of you who will be marching down the Chapel on October 20, 2007 to receive your scroll will be ones that will be instruments of the Almighty that he uses powerfully and mightily to nurture, build up and strengthen the church for the glory of his name.
The article by Grady is reproduced below:
Strange Fire on Defiled Altars: Many who claim to be voices for God today are on dangerous ground.
By J. Lee Grady
We don’t talk much today about Nadab and Abihu. They were obscure Bible characters who failed miserably. Certainly their tragic story doesn’t work well as an illustration in the typical seeker-friendly sermon about wealth or success. So we tend to ignore these guys, even though they are mentioned in the Old Testament nine times.
Both sons of Aaron the priest, Nadab and Abihu were suddenly struck dead in the tabernacle because they offered “strange fire” (Lev. 10:1 NASB). We aren’t told exactly what they did wrong—that is left to our imagination. All we know is that they did not follow God’s specific instructions when offering incense. They were careless with His glory. Their mistake proved to be fatal.
What I deduce from their story is that God’s altar is a holy place. When God struck them, He told their father: “‘By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored’” (v. 3). God made it clear that He isn’t playing games. He sent fire from His presence to slay Nadab and Abihu so we would understand that we can’t mess around with His laws, His name or His presence. We can’t rewrite His instructions or be slipshod or slapdash about worship.
That’s why I fear for many of the men and women who claim to be God’s mouthpieces today, particularly in the charismatic/Pentecostal movement that I serve. When I read Leviticus 10, I wonder why the ground has not opened up and swallowed some of the careless spiritual clowns who are masquerading as bishops, apostles and prophets.
A case in point: Bishop Thomas Wesley Weeks III, who is now facing charges of assaulting his wife, recently stood in his pulpit in Atlanta during a marriage conference and proceeded to teach married couples how to use profanity during sex.
Yes, the man who allegedly kicked and punched Juanita Bynum in a hotel parking lot last month told attendees at a “Teach Me How to Love You” event that they should get over their hang-ups about cussing. The bedroom, he said, is the place to get down and dirty.
“Don’t bring your salvation into the bedroom,” he said in a sermon segment that has been posted on YouTube. “All those special words that you can’t say no more because you’re saved … save that for the bedroom!”
It is bad enough that Weeks told his followers that it’s OK to use filthy language with your wife during lovemaking. It’s worse that he said these things as a minister speaking from a pulpit during a church service. Thankfully he didn’t bring a bed on stage and give a demonstration—but now that he has taken pulpit crudity to a new level, someone else is sure to introduce Pentecostal porn to an audience somewhere.
Weeks’ comments didn’t surprise me. There are so many crazy things happening in pulpits in this country that I’ve become numb to their impact. It seems that in many segments of the church today, false prophets and backslidden preachers can introduce the most bizarre doctrines imaginable and still get shouts from the crowd and plenty of donations in the offering plate.
Meanwhile, a growing number of television preachers are resorting to the most inane tactics to raise money. A popular trend this year is the “Day of Atonement Offering”—in which Old Testament scriptures are strained to the breaking point to make a case for buying special blessings from God. Thanks to this “revelation,” you can click on a Web site icon and give your Day of Atonement Offering to win divine favor. (And of course every dime of that money goes to an evangelist who uses it to purchase houses, cars, plastic surgeries and more airtime so they can spread this nonsense to more naïve people.)
I have no personal vendetta against these spiritual hoodlums, but lately I find myself praying: “Lord, when will You clean up Your church? When will you send Your holy fire into the sanctuary? When will You turn over the tables of the moneychangers and drive the charlatans out of Your house?”
I have a sense that the answer is coming soon enough. The question is: How close to the modern Nadabs and Abihus will you be when the fire of heaven comes to purge them from the sanctuary? If you are anywhere near a defiled altar, my advice is simple: Run for the nearest exit.
Monday, 8 October 2007
According to MOBIA, "The biblical story from Luke 15 of the loving father who forgives his wayward son has inspired artists through the centuries. MOBIA is proud to organize and present an exhibition dedicated to this theme, featuring works from the Renaissance to the present day. More than 50 prints, sculptures, and paintings by artists including Rembrandt, Pietro Testa and James Tissot will provide a wide-ranging overview of the impact this theme has had on the history of art. One section of the exhibition will be dedicated to the private collection of Jerry Evenrud, a musician and art enthusiast who has collected artworks depicting the Prodigal Son. Representative works featuring this story will also be lent by major European and American museums. Educational programs will include a lecture series discussing the impact of the parable on art, literature and theology, featuring Tobias Wolff, well-known author of This Boy's Life and other works and a lecture by Holly Flora, assistant professor of Art History at Tulane University and the exhibition curator."
For a slideshow of some of the seleted exhibits, click here.
Anyone heading to New York soon?
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Tip 1.6: Working Quickly on the Command Line
Saturday, 6 October 2007
- Adultery (in Deuteronomy 24:1, affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19)
- Emotional and physical neglect (in Exodus 21:10-11, affirmed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 7)
- Abandonment and abuse (included in neglect, as affirmed in 1 Corinthians 7)
Perhaps it's time the Malaysian church wrestle with this issue biblically and pastorally. In this respect, we cannot ignore the careful and thorough research carried out by David, particularly in an area where many of us are not familiar with - rabbinic writings. While one may or may not fully agree with David on his analysis and findings, we have to consider carefully some of the issues raised by him concerning the social and literary context of the 1st century surrounding the teaching of divorce and remarriage by both Jesus and Paul as recorded in the gospels and epistles respectively. The more we are aware of the 1st century setting, the more we are able to make better judgment and decision on this very delicate issue in our context today.
Friday, 5 October 2007
Hmmm...they look pretty glad and happy to be graduating...
This is reflected in yesterday's Chapel service where our students of Indian origin took charge. They transformed the Thanksgiving Service into a colourful and unforgettable experience.
It did not end there. The Indian students also went the extra-mile by serving the community banana leaf rice for our community lunch after the chapel service.
I always look forward to services that remind us of the diverse community we have in STM - we are different and yet we share one common purpose and destiny in life and ministry. We speak different languages and practise different culture but yet we are drawn to one another through the love of Christ. This is one richness we should celebrate and be thankful for.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Good News Holdings might have scrapped its plans to make a movie out of Anne Rice's Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, a fictional story about Jesus' childhood years. But that's not stopping others from making films with a similar theme.
Monday, 1 October 2007
Hmmm...perhaps the following cartoon has just given me some great idea.