Nope, I didn't meet Mr. Singapore Lee Kuan Yew. It's Lim Kar Yong, the (*ahem ahem*) Assistant Director of Post-Graduate Studies, cum Lecturer of the New Testament in Malaysia Theological Seminary (Seminari Theoloji Malaysia). Besides maintaining his blog, he also has a website dedicated to the studies of the New Testament. But somehow, the website was last updated in July 2005. Probably he is concentrating on his blog, where he posts reviews, lectures, news, and all other things about him.
He is one funny, outgoing, devoted, warm yet strict and critical NT lecturer. Expert in Pauline studies, particularly on St Paul's 2nd epistle to the Corinthians (exemplifies in his upcoming book).
We hang out at Parkway Parade while he was here for a conference. He surprised me with one of the question he raised on St Paul in relation to his sufferings. KY provides a horizon of understanding of St Paul's apostolic vocation that anticipates suffering. That invoke 2 further questions:
1) What is 'suffering' to St Paul?
2) Is 'suffering' an intrinsic part or a consequence to his calling? (he asked John Piper this. Piper said that it is both)
Kar Yong helpfully distinguish 'suffering' from 'inconvenience' on the first question.
On the second question, he seems to take St Paul to understand his suffering as the former. That means when St Paul accept his apostolic calling, he already anticipates suffering as an intrinsic necessity (Acts 9.16).
And these both answers require Christians to rethink about their life and vocation in relation to the anticipation of suffering. When we receives our calling to new life in Christ, are we also ready to take up and go through the intrinsic necessity?
Another shocking thing that Kar Yong told me is about rising Muslim scholars in Malaysia. But I'm not going to blog about that here.