Happy Reformation Day.
Friday, 31 October 2008
Happy Reformation Day.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
But what about the faculty? The general perception among the students is that during the long vacation, the lecturers are very free. But is this true?
Let's have some snippets of my life in the seminary for this week:
Monday, 27 October
The nation celebrated Deepavali, so it was a public holiday. But I returned to the office to work on my preparation for the upcoming Doctor of Ministry module on 'Advanced Hermeneutics and Homiletics' that I will be co-teaching with my colleague in March 2009, but details of which would be given out to the candidates at the DMin orientation to be held on November 3. So I needed to get ready the course outline, bibliography and the reader to be distributed to the students during the orientation next week. In the night, a group of students came to my office to chill out and had some 'ciku and coffee/tea' party.
Tuesday, 28 October
A group of us spent the entire morning in a meeting finalising the details of the Southeast Asia Edinburgh 2010 Missions Conference to be hosted by STM in June 2009. From the afternoon right up to the night, I continued to work on the Doctor of Ministry module and compiled the reader to be distributed next week. A student volunteered to help me make copies of the articles to be included in the DMin reader, whose timely assistance was greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, 29 October
Continued to work on the Doctor of Ministry module right up to the afternoon. Finally completed it, and arranged for the 1000-page reader to be photocopied. Then in the evening, I graded a paper submitted by one of my postgraduate Master of Theology students. In between these tasks, I reviewed several new applications for our next academic year intake. In the midst of busyness, I still managed to have lunch with one of our students. It was good to catch up with him.
Thursday, 30 October
Today will be another packed day. I will be conducting an oral comprehensive examination for one of our Master of Theology students, followed by a series of interviews with four potential Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theology applicants. Then I will be rushing back home to Kuala Lumpur in the evening to take my mother to her doctor's appointment.
Friday, 31 October
I will be on leave today - not to have a break but to take my father to his doctor's appointment. This will be another long day of waiting in the hospital. The good news is that I will have some time to catch up with my reading in the waiting room.
Saturday, 1 November
It will be back to work in the church office....I will be dead by Saturday night. Good thing I do not have anymore Sunday preaching engagements until December.
Is there any free time for me?
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
In recent years, we have witnessed a growing interest (not to mention a growing body of literature) in the intersection of biblical studies and theology. According to the publisher, this book is a result of "an illuminating symposium held at the University of St. Andrews that assembled a group of world-class biblical and systematic theologians to answer this fundamental question: To what extent, and on what grounds, does the New Testament shape and prescribe Christian theology?"
"As the contributors explore this question, they address the specific way in which the New Testament does or should shape dogmatics. Part 1 deals with how the Bible informs particular aspects of Christian doctrine and praxis. Part 2 examines how the New Testament has shaped influential theologians of the past century. Part 3 moves from analysis to synthesis, drawing a vision for the New Testament's normative role in forming theology and ethics. Here is engaging dialogue for scholars in both biblical studies and theology as well as their students."
The list of Contributors is without doubt impressive:
Markus Bockmuehl (University of Oxford)
James Carleton Paget (University of Cambridge)
R. W. L. Moberly (University of Durham)
Jan Muis (University of Utrecht)
Oliver O'Donovan (University of Edinburgh)
Alan J. Torrance (University of St. Andrews)
Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Benedict Thomas Viviano, OP (University of Fribourg)
J. Ross Wagner (Princeton Theological Seminary)
Bernd Wannenwetsch (University of Oxford)
John Webster (University of Aberdeen)
N. T. Wright (Bishop of Durham)
Looks like this book will make it to my personal library soon...
Sunday, 26 October 2008
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Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
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Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
Files for the Faculty Consultation...
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Dr Ezra Kok (right) speaking at the Commissioning Service, interpreted by Mr Chew (left)
Praying for all our graduands
Friday, 17 October 2008
The Stars Will Fall from Heaven: Cosmic Catastrophe in the New Testament and Its World
Reviewed by Lorenzo DiTommaso
William Sanger Campbell
The "We" Passages in the Acts of the Apostles: The Narrator as Narrative Character
Reviewed by Jean-François Racine
Andrew D. Clarke
A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership
Reviewed by Stephan Joubert
The Pastoral Epistles: First Timothy, Second Timothy, and Titus
Reviewed by Korinna Zamfir
Bas ter Haar Romeny, ed.
The Peshitta: Its Use in Literature and Liturgy: Papers Read at the Third Peshitta Symposium
Reviewed by Robert A. Kitchen
The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
Reviewed by Norman Habel
Werner G. Jeanrond and Andrew D. H. Mayes, eds.
Recognising the Margins: Developments in Biblical and Theological Studies
Reviewed by Peter R. Rodgers
Ezra and Nehemiah
Reviewed by Ralph W. Klein
Graham S. Ogden
Reviewed by Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger
R. J. R. Plant
Good Figs, Bad Figs: Judicial Differentiation in the Book of Jeremiah
Reviewed by Mark Brummitt
Fernando F. Segovia and R. S. Sugirtharajah, eds.
A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings
Reviewed by Jonathan A. Draper
Reviewed by Hans Leander
Robert B. Stewart, ed.
Intelligent Design: William A. Dembski and Michael Ruse in Dialogue
Reviewed by Christopher Heard
Eine Einführung in die hurritische Sprache
Reviewed by Ignacio Marquez Rowe
Understanding Matthew: The Early Christian Worldview of the First Gospel
Reviewed by David C. Sim
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
The academic field here labelled ‘Ancient Judaism’ is taken to cover the post-exilic period up to and including rabbinic Judaism of the Talmudic era. The postholder will be joining a number of colleagues whose research covers aspects of this field, including Prof. Robert Hayward, Dr. Stuart Weeks, Prof. John Barclay and Prof. Francis Watson. The latter two also teach and research in New Testament, along with Dr. Stephen Barton and Dr. William Telford.
Monday, 13 October 2008
TTC is very kind to allocate an apartment on-campus for my 4-week stay where I could have access to the excellent library resources and facilities.
Commissioning Service at 11:00am
Community Lunch at 1:00pm
Graduation Rehearsal at 2:00pm
Graduation Dinner at 7:00pm
Graduation Service at 4:00pm (Tea reception at 3:00pm)
Sunday, 12 October 2008
You work very hard and long hours, often to the extent of neglecting personal needs, in order to give us spiritual comfort and direction in our journey of faith. You do so much, care so much for us, yet you receive so little in return. You tried your best to guide us into deeper relationship with God, yet at times we choose not to listen to you.
Therefore on this Clergy Appreciation Day, I would like to take a moment of two to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of your leadership and guidance. I thank God for calling you into his service and ministry, to shepherd his church, and to care for his flock.
May God bless you as you continue to guide us into a deeper relationship with him.
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Thursday, 9 October 2008
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Monday, 6 October 2008
Other Early Christian Gospels: A Critical Edition of the Surviving Greek Manuscripts
Reviewed by Christopher Tuckett
Il battesimo gnostico: Dottrine, simboli e riti iniziatici nello gnosticismo
Reviewed by Birger A. Pearson
Katharine J. Dell
The Book of Proverbs in Social and Theological Context
Reviewed by Dorothy Akoto
Karin Finsterbusch, Armin Lange, and K.F. Diethard Römheld, eds.
Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition
Reviewed by James W. WattsJoel B. Green1 Peter
Reviewed by Paul J. Achtemeier
John Paul Hozvicka
A Primer on Biblical Studies
Reviewed by John Vassar
Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner
The Old Testament: Its Background, Growth, and Content
Reviewed by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Daniel Patte, ed.
Global Bible Commentary
Reviewed by Alexander Negrov
The Origins of Pauline Pneumatology: The Eschatological Bestowal of the Spirit upon Gentiles in Judaism and in the Early Development of Paul's Theology
Reviewed by Justin K. Hardin
Aicha Rahmouni; J. N. Ford, trans.
Divine Epithets in the Ugaritic Alphabetic Texts
Reviewed by James R. Getz Jr.
Oil-Lamps in the Holy Land: Saucer Lamps: From the Beginning to the Hellenistic Period: Collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority
Reviewed by Noam Adler
Ben Witherington III
Reviewed by David C. Sim
Sunday, 5 October 2008
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, New Testament / Early Christianity
Ursinus College invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in religious studies to begin in fall 2009. Area of specialization: New Testament studies, Early Christian studies. Desirable subspecialties: feminist and postcolonial theory, religions of the Mediterranean/Greco-Roman world, Hebrew Bible, and/or Second Temple/Rabbinic Judaism.
A Ph.D. in religious studies or equivalent is required by the start of employment. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory courses in religious studies, courses in the candidate's area of expertise, and an interdisciplinary liberal studies seminar for first-year students. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting and should be comfortable teaching teaching a wide range of subject material. He or she will also mentor student research, carry out a continuing program of scholarly activity, and help develop the College's religious studies and relevant interdisciplinary programs.
Send letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, documentation of teaching, and three letters of recommendation (at least one of which should address teaching) to
Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies,
P.O. Box 1000,
Collegeville, PA 19426.
Applications should be received by Nov. 10, 2008 to ensure full consideration; the search committee plans to hold preliminary interviews at the Society for Biblical Literature meeting in Boston.
For more information, please contact Prof. Rein at nrein at ursinus dot edu (no email applications, please) or 610-409-3000×2571.
Ursinus College, established in 1869, is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of 1600 students located 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. Ursinus College is an EEO/AA employer. In keeping with the College’s historic commitment to equality, men and women, and members of all racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.
This is a real revelation to me. Imagine a cleaner can earn so much more than a lecturer with a PhD teaching in a seminary!
I wonder whether I am in a wrong profession. Perhaps I should set up LKY Cleaning Services - be my own boss. No, call it Kairos Cleaning Services - timely service with a smile!
The benefits are quite obvious:
- higher income
- I could just focus on homes in my neighbourhood - that would mean I can cut down on travelling, tolls, and petrol. Suddenly my real income increases by another RM500.
- I can sell my car - and save on road tax, insurance and the hire purchase that I currently service. Another RM550 monthly contribution to my real income.
- more physical activities - that means burning more calories, a sure way to shed the unwanted pounds in my body.
- oh yes - there are quite a number of expats living in my neighbourhood - perhaps I can just focus on these households - they might just want an English speaking cleaner, and perhaps I can charge a premium for my services
- no need to prepare for lectures
- no more marking papers and pulling out my hairs
- no more complaints from my students about my standards being too "high" and "unachievable" that in turn cause them nightmares
- and the list goes on
Not a bad idea, ah.....Whack...wake up...wake up...It's just a dream...a wishful dream....nevertheless a dream worth serious consideration...whack again...wake up...wake up...
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Next year, the International Meeting will be held in Rome. I have a couple of papers I would like to submit, where I would like to continue developing some Asian (or more particular, Malaysian) reading of the Pauline corpus. But at this stage, I am very uncertain whether I will even make it to Rome. It is going to be a very costly conference to attend!
Hopefully, I won't be like St Paul, arriving Rome in chains...