Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Romantic Love

Was very tired and exhaustively weak after the Tuesday class last night. That dread was due to the missed lunch; will try not to miss lunch during working days again. Was a not-so-right idea. After dinner at around 8:30pm, went back home and spun through a CD. 2 songs particularly striking. They always do. Listening to both sequentially could feel an ambiguity of feelings.

Tap on my window, knock on my door
I want to make you feel beautiful
I know I tend to get so insecure
It doesn’t matter anymore

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along
My heart is full and my door’s always open
You can come anytime you want

I don’t mind spending everyday
Out on your corner in the pouring rain
Look for the girl with the broken smile
Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
And she will be loved
She will be loved

- She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

I think about it when I hold you
When lookin in your eyes I can't belive
I don’t need to know the truth
Baby keep it to yourself

I don’t wana know
If your playing me
Keep it on the low
'Cuz my heart cant take it anymore
And if your creepin please don’t let it show
Oh baby I don't wanna know

- I Don't Want To Know by Puff Daddy

The former is romantic and sexy, while the latter sounds depressive and sympathetic. That kind of ambiguity is like a dose of romantic Love. Perhaps Romeo & Juliet shared this sentiment.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Outreach = Reach Out

Yesterday ORPC and a few other Presby churches booked Lido Classic (a cineplex) for the 8:30pm screening of Da Vinci Code. Believers are encouraged to bring their non-believing friends to attend the show. Though i wasn't there till the end (left at 9pm), overall that event highlights to me some perception of evangelism. The conventional way is the church hold an evangelistic event with 30 mins preaching on the pulpit. Non-believers are to be brought into the church building for such evangelism. As for this Da Vinci Outreach, it's the church that go out to the secularized domain (cineplex) to conduct evangelism. There wasn't any 30 minutes long sermon. Instead only a short few minutes introduction before the movie and another short talk at the end of the movie. Add to that, there is an invitation to a follow up seminar for those who are interested to find out more about what the movie is about.

*TING* (light bulbs turned on)

If that works for Da Vinci Code, why not X-men too? Since X-men is about macro-evolution which relates to the origin of humans, then evangelism can also be done on that. Same thing, a short intro before the movie, and a short talk after the movie, and a follow-up seminar with more details on Intelligent Design v.s Darwinism debate. Another eg. is Omen. Can use that horror movie to talk about spiritual & demonology stuffs. Over the Hedge can be use to talk about family love, conscience, self-sacrifices and forgiveness. All can be use as an evangelistic tool.

I think this is a cool idea. Instead of outreach why not reach out?

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Praxis

Praxis, Praxis, Praxis!

Eschatology generates praxis of the new covenant. By praxis we are neither disputing over whether it is by it that we are saved or an expression that we are saved (Luther's idea). Praxis is the symbol that we apply to ourselves for the renewal of not only the world but individual (inner & outer) inconjunction with the inauguration of the Kingdom of God.

It is believing that Christ has brought in His kingdom onto the world and God's judgement is coming; exile is at the door. If praxis is not practiced, exile is inevitable.

Something i learn from N.T Wright.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

I Rejoice

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. 17The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
Phillipians 1:15-18, NIV


It's true that some here preach Christ because with me out of the way, they think they'll step right into the spotlight. But the others do it with the best heart in the world. One group is motivated by pure love, knowing that I am here defending the Message, wanting to help. The others, now that I'm out of the picture, are merely greedy, hoping to get something out of it for themselves. Their motives are bad. They see me as their competition, and so the worse it goes for me, the better--they think--for them. So how am I to respond? I've decided that I really don't care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!
Phillipians 1:15-18, The Message


This post is my gentle response to my beloved bro & sis of Agora Singapore.

Recently i have publicised Reinhard Bonnke's evangelistic rally. And due to the his controversial preacheing, some have lovingly reminded me and the rest of fellowship that we should not bring people to such rally (personally Christ for All Nations ministry is acceptable). I respect their (Agorians') decision, and as a amateur 'defender' of the truth myself, i can assure all that i really understand their concern. But i know and fully aware that my concern should not bear more importance to the extent of over-shadowing the example that apostle Paul has shown us:

"I've decided that I really don't care about their motives, whether mixed, bad, or indifferent. Every time one of them opens his mouth, Christ is proclaimed, so I just cheer them on!"

Am i above the apostle? Nay.

On the other hand, what if the Christ preached is unbiblical? If that's the case, that demands a different respond. Personally, Reinhard Bonnke's ministry is acceptable. I've looked through some of the criticism against Bonnke, but i dont find them strong enough for me to not cheer him on in evangelism.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dream, Why?

Been dreaming of K for the third time yesterday. Why is that so?

My Prime Minister, if this is not Your will, please take it away from me. Lest harms be done on me and on her by ignorance and selfishness. Robbing her off allegiance from You is the last thing i would consider doing.

My Prime Minister, My Superior, heed Your servant's plea. Wickedness is not unknown within me. Do grant guidance and permission for further measure.