Tuesday, November 30, 2010


My Advent word for today is Anticipation. I did not grow up in a Christian family so Christmas and Christmas presents did not have a influential role in my life until I became a Christian during my University days. My parents were worshippers of the traditional Chinese religion which is a combination of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. It is later in life that they both became Christians. My family were not rich, in fact we were living just above the poverty line but there is love and we have what we need. I remember that I always look forward to the Chinese New Year which mean a new set of clothes, an angpow (containing usually two dollars- which is a fortune to a little boy) and good food. The last month of the lunar year is often spent in anticipation of the coming of the Chinese New Year festival.

Now as an adult and as a Christian, this season reminds me of my anticipation of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. As I look around at the deteriorating and worrying situation of the state of my country and of others around the world, I look forward to the peace of the Millenial kingdom of Jesus Christ. I also look forward to a time when there is an end to suffering and pain, and the whole creation is restored to its former state of goodness and wholeness.

Maranatha, Come, Jesus, Come.


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Monday, November 29, 2010

My Mission Statement and Scope of Ministry

I have been giving some thoughts to and reviewing some of my activities this past year. This is a summarised mission statement and scope of ministry.

I am a visual learner and sometimes it is helpful for me to write down and list things.

My Mission Statement

To nurture spiritual formation of disciples of Jesus Christ to develop informed minds, hearts on fire, and contemplative in actions.

Present Scope of Ministry

1. Preaching and teaching at Holy Light Church (English), Johor Bahru, Malaysia

2. Preaching and teaching at other churches

3. Preaching and teaching at conferences, seminars and church camps

4. Organising seminars and workshops

5. Mentoring of individuals and groups

6. Pastoral and spiritual friendships with pastors, full time workers and other church leaders.

7. Teaching courses at seminaries and Bible colleges

8. Spiritual direction and retreat directing

9. Mentoring of individuals and groups

10. Writing articles, chapters and books

11. Establishing an Internet presence though blogs, websites and the social media (Facebook, Twitter)

12. Study and research Spiritualities and Christian spiritual formation

13. Study and research Biomedical Ethics

14. Study and research Practical Theology

I find that having a mission statement and a list for scope of ministry helps me to see where I am at and where I should be going. I do appreciate your prayers.



Today, my word of Advent meditation is Waiting.

Waiting is not something that comes naturally to me. I am by nature very impatient, stressed by an internal clock that seems to be set on fast forward. I want it (things, events etc) and I WANT IT NOW! I try to imagine Mary's experience as she waited slowly for the unborn child, who is to be called Immanuel, the long awaited Messiah, forming inside her womb for the natural duration of her pregnancy. I cannot imagine the thoughts and her emotions as this 'miracle' baby grew bigger and bigger making it obvious to everyone that she is pregnant. I cannot imagine the words of the angel playing through her mind as she pondered this being inside of her. Was Mary impatient? Was she contented to allow the events to unfold? Waiting.

Two thousand years ago, the whole of creation waited with abated breath for the arrival of God incarnate.

Soli Deo Gloria

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

First Sunday of Advent

Today is the First Sunday of Advent

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Reading on my iPad

I was a bit hesitant to buy an iPad because I thought I will have difficulty reading from the screen. I am one of those folks which prefers to read hardcopy rather than the text on the computer screen. I can tolerate reading short articles directly on a computer screen but for longer and more technical articles, I prefer to print them out. As for reading an entire ebook-never!

So it is with fear and trembling that I decided to buy an iPad and try to read an ebook on it.

To my pleasant surprise, it actually a pleasure to read the text using an iPad. I have installed both iBooks and Kindle for iPad but for this reading experience, I read an ebook from amazon.com using Kindle for iPad. It is easy to read, much like reading a paperback. The self-lit screen makes it easy to read in any part of the house and at night in bed. The screen is easy on the eye and I did not get an eyestrain. Turning the pages are intuitive which is something I have expected from Apple products. I even tried reading in the bath which I do often.

I have finished reading my first ebook on my iPad. It is as enjoyable as reading from a book except that I cannot handle the book and shelf it with my other books. At times, when I was so immersed with the ebook that I am not aware that I was using an iPad. Now I am glad that I have an iPad. I have already downloaded 235 ebooks and more will be downloaded soon. The title of the first ebook that I read on my iPad?

Star Trek: The Typhon Pact, Zero Sum Game by David Mack.

Make it so...

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Reformed Perspectives Magazine for November 28 to December 4, 2010

RPM Volume 12, Number 48 (November 28 to December 4, 2010), is now available. The following articles are featured in this issue:
The Anchor of Assurance
A Sermon on Romans 8:31-39
By: D. Patrick Ramsey
Webpage  PDF  Word
Our Righteous Standing
The Doctrine of Justification
By: John Stevenson
Webpage  PDF  Word
The Evil of Sin
An Article
By: John Flavel
Webpage  PDF  Word
Sins Estimated by the Light of Heaven
An Article
By: Edward Payson
Webpage  PDF  Word

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A 17th Century Nun's Prayer

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Go Forth, Young Doctors

This is the second cohort of medical students to graduate from Monash University Malaysia. All will be taking up house officer jobs in Malaysia or in Australia soon. They are not longer my students but are now my colleagues and friends. I am so proud of them. Go forth, young doctors.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Star Trek Universe: The Typhon Pact

In the literary Star Trek Universe, the Borg invaded the Federation and their allies space in large numbers and destroyed many planets, literally bringing the Alpha and Beta quadrants to their knees. This was in the Destiny trilogy series in 2008 (my review here). This happened 6 years before the destruction of Romulus which lead to the events of the recent Star Trek movie and the bifurcation of the Star Trek universe into the original and the new version by J.J.Abrams.

In the literary Star Trek universe with the Federation weakened by the Borg invasion, a new group of interstellar civilizations formed the Typhon Pact to fill in the power vacuum. They are the Romulan Star Empire, the Breen Confederacy, the Tzentkethi Coalition, the Gorn Hegemony, the Tholian Assembly and the Holy Order of the Kinshaya. This is a bold move to steer Star Trek into a new direction with new enemies and allies. I look forward to reading about the Typhon Pact, of which only one novel has been published Zero Sum Game.

I like the introduction of a new class of starship, the Vestaclass which uses slip-stream technology which was first mentioned in the Star Trek Voyager series. I appreciate the sleek design of the USS Adventine NCC-82602, captained by Ezri Dax.

source: Star Trek magazine Oct/Nov 2010


Sunday, November 21, 2010

20th Anniversary of the English-Speaking Presbytery of Malaysia

The ministers, preachers and elders of the English-Speaking Presbytery (ESP) celebrated the 20th anniversary since its incorporation as a separate Presbytery under the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Malaysia (Gereja Presbyterian Malaysia)

To God be the Glory


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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Human Response in Spiritual Formation

The human response in the process of spiritual formation is twofold. One is the cognitive volitional action of assent to respond to God’s revelation. The second is a passive submission to allow the Holy Spirit to transform the inner person. The human response is important in the process of spiritual formation. Augustine is reported to have said, “God with us will not, as we without God cannot.”

Human beings are given the free will to make choices. Examples abound in the Bible. Joshua’s challenge to the ancient Israelites to choose, and his own choice to follow the Lord (Josh. 24:15) in the Old Testament indicate that human beings have the ability to make choices. This is supported by Paul’s letter to the Philippians where he shares his angst in having to choose between continuing to serve in his apostolic ministry and dying and being with Christ (Phil. 1:22). This implies that Paul is allowed his personal preference. Calvin in his anthropological understanding of man explains that no person has absolute autonomy or free will. Because of the effect of the original sin, a person’s ability to make choices is tainted. However, unlike Martin Luther, Calvin believes that fallen people still bear the imago Dei, though a deformed one. Thus all persons may make choices to restore this broken imago Dei in their spiritual formation.

The human response is to be willing and to allow the Holy Spirit to do his transforming work in the individual’s inner life. This is often not easy as Paul himself attests to in Romans 7. The means of spiritual formation offers some understanding and suggestions on how a matrix may be formed for the Holy Spirit to work in.

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul urges his readers, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Theologian John Coe points out that the words “to be filled with the Spirit” in the Greek have a verb-form that is a present passive imperative. This may be taken to mean that instead of actively doing something, a person is to passively allow something to be done to him or her. This highlights the passive submission of a person required in spiritual formation. Thus spiritual formation does not encourage work-righteousness but embraces effort to become like Christ. Dallas Willard affirms this by often repeating that “God is not opposed to effort but to earning”. The anthropological understanding of spiritual formation is paradoxical in that it is an active choice to seek shalom with God and yet it is also to passively allow God to create that shalom in the person. 

All that implies that a person has to want to grow spiritually before Christian spiritual formation can take place.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Moral Dimension of Technology

I enjoyed the way this article is written and the insights it contains.

The Moral Dimension of Technology

by Kevin Kelly

What technology brings to us individually is the possibility of finding out who we are, and more important, who we might be. During his or her lifetime, each person acquires a unique combination of latent abilities, handy skills, nascent insights, and potential experiences that no one else shares. Even twins—who share common DNA—don’t share the same life. When people maximize their set of talents, they shine because no one can do what they do. People fully inhabiting their unique mixture of skills are inimitable, and that is what we prize about them. Talent unleashed doesn’t mean that everyone will sing on Broadway or play in the Olympics or win a Nobel Prize. Those high-profile roles are merely three well-worn ways of being a star, and by deliberate design those particular opportunities are limited. Popular culture wrongly fixates on proven star roles as the destiny of anyone successful. In fact, those positions of prominence and stardom can be prisons, straitjackets defined by how someone else excelled.
Ideally, we would find a position of excellence tailored specifically for everyone born. We don’t normally think of opportunities this way, but these tools for achievement are called “technology.” The technology of vibrating strings opened up (created) the potential for a virtuoso violin player. The technology of oil paint and canvas unleashed the talents of painters through the centuries. The technology of film created cinematic talents. The soft technologies of writing, lawmaking, and mathematics all expanded our potential to create and do good. Thus in the course of our lives as we invent things and create new works that others may build on, we—as friends, family, clan, nation, and society— have a direct role in enabling each person to optimize their talents—not in the sense of being famous but in the sense of being unequaled in his or her unique contribution.
However, if we fail to enlarge the possibilities for other people, we diminish them, and that is unforgivable. Enlarging the scope of creativity for others, then, is an obligation. We enlarge others by enlarging the possibilities of the technium— the greater ecosystem of technology – by developing more technology and more convivial expressions of it.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops

I have enjoyed the Call of Duty series and have been looking forward to this release Call of Duty: Black Opts. While the gameplay is almost the same, I like the improvement in storytelling and the battle scenes. However I feel that there was excessive and unnecessary violence in this game especially the torture scenes which did not contribute to the the storyline.

People has also asked me to why I play soldiers games. These are very violence games. I play the games accepting that in certain situation, you have to use violence to achieve your objectives. That means shooting the bad guys. Violence is used as a means to an end and not to glorify violence itself.

The present release are equally as good as the earlier release and I have had an enjoyable time playing on the Xbox.


Monday, November 15, 2010

The Real Thing

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Saturday, November 13, 2010


I have been invited to be a speaker for a church camp. The organisers have asked me to make a short promo video. That is something I have never done before. This is the result of my amateurish attempt.

can you spot the typo? So embarassing.

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What I am reading this weekend

This is my reading Seth Godin weekend.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Some of the Star Trek Games I have Enjoyed

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

RPM (November 14 to November 20, 2010)

RPM Volume 12, Number 46 (November 14 to November 20, 2010), is now available. The following articles are featured in this issue:
Justification and Sanctification
How do they Differ?
By: J.C. Ryle
Webpage  PDF  Word
Christ's Relationship to His People
An Article
By: L. R. Shelton, Jr.
Webpage  PDF  Word
Heart Work
An Article
By: A.W. Pink
Webpage  PDF  Word

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Virtual Mentor: Neuroethics in the Twenty-First Century

Some good articles here

Virtual Mentor. November 2010, Volume 12, Number 11: 839-907. Full Issue PDF

November 2010 Contents

Gray Matters: Neuroethics in the Twenty-First Century

From the Editor

Neurology in the Postmodern Era
Joshua Tompkins
Full Text | PDF
Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:841-843.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Can Parents of a Child with Autism Refuse Treatment for Him?
Commentary by Margaret Moon
Full Text | PDF
Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:844-848.
“Doc, I Need a Smart Pill”—Requests for Neurologic Enhancement
Commentary by Dan Larriviere
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:849-853.
The Ethics of Diagnosing Nonepileptic Seizures with Placebo Infusion
Commentary by James L. Bernat
Full Text | PDF
Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:854-859.
The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Using Drugs and Surgery for Purposes Other than Treatment
Full Text | PDF
Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:860-863.

Journal Discussion

Guidelines for Prognostication and End-of-Life Decision Making for Newborns with Severe Neurologic Damage
Jay Desai
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:864-866.

Clinical Pearl

The Spectrum of Autism—From Neuronal Connections to Behavioral Expression
Carla A. Mazefsky and Nancy J. Minshew
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:867-872.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

The Future of Neuroimaging in Witness Testimony
Benjamin Bumann
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:873-878.

Policy Forum

Determining Brain Death—No Room for Error
James F. Bartscher and Panayiotis N. Varelas
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:879-884.

Medicine and Society

Distinguishing between Restoration and Enhancement in Neuropharmacology
Peter B. Reiner
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Virtual Mentor. 2010; 12:885-888.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

What Really Matters

“I wonder what is for dinner today?” mused disciple Ah Lek, a wistful look crossing his face, “I hope it is those giant wantons that our cook uncle Tong makes so well.” “What giant wanton?” sniggered disciple Ah Kow giving disciple Ah Lek a hard punch on his shoulder. “It’s shui jiao dumpling! So stupid-la! Giant wanton! Ha ha ha.”

“It does look like giant wanton. And they are so tasty,” Ah Lek retorted, rubbing his shoulder. “Yes,” added disciple Ah Lian, “our cook is so clever and his food so good that I always go for seconds.” “And thirds and fourths,” muttered disciple Ah Kow under his breath.

“My body is the temple of the God so I must take good care of it,” declares Ah Lian staring daggers at disciple Ah Kow. “Not just a temple but a megatemple,” observed disciple Ah Kow while eyeing disciple Ah Lian’s wide waist. “Ouch!” groaned disciple Ah Kow when disciple Ah Lian’s sandal bounced off his forehead.

“Did you know that our cook uncle Tong is a very famous cook?” chipped in senior disciple Ah Moo who had just returned from the Middle East monastery in the disciple exchange program. The Middle East monastery loath to let senior disciple Ah Moo leave because they were more reluctant to take back their disciple Iskandar. Ah Moo was munching on char siew pau which he missed very much during his time in the Middle East. The cook made a fresh batch just for him as a welcome back present. “Our cook is Iron Wok Tong!”

“No!” exclaimed all the disciples in unison. “Not the world famous Iron Wok Tong!” gasped disciple Ah Lian who loves watching the food channel on their satellite television as much as she loves eating. “Iron Wok Tong started a large chain of restaurants. His Tai Pai Tong restaurants are found in every major city and people have to wait in long queues just to get a seat. It was rumoured that he cooked a great banquet for the Emperor and the Emperor actually asked for seconds.” Disciple Ah Lian looked around and saw that all the other disciples were listening intently.

Basking in the limelight, disciple Ah Lian continued, “Iron Wok Tong was very famous. The Emperor gave him the title ‘The Greatest Cook in China’. Iron Wok Tong was so rich that he was rated one of the top ten richest men in all of China! He had a large mansion and a concubine in every city. Some people say that his carriage is made of gold!”

“One day a few years ago, he had an accident and was seriously injured. Then he just disappeared. Nobody knows where he is now,” finished disciple Ah Lian.

“Numoo…,” began senior disciple Ah Moo with his mouth full and promptly choked. Disciple Ah Lian walked calmly up to her senior disciple and punched him in the midriff. A piece of char siew flew out of his mouth and hit disciple Ah Lek in the eye. “When someone is choking you are supposed to hit him in the back, not the front,” complained disciple Ah Lek as he wiped the char siew sauce from his face. “Oh!” blushed disciple Ah Lian.

“I know where he is!” gasped senior disciple Ah Moo from the floor while gripping his tummy. “I know where Iron Wok Tong is! There.” He pointed to the cook who was listening to their conversation while tending to his beloved bonsai trees. Everyone turn to stare at the middle-aged man with a large paunch. “Uncle Tong!”

“Uncle Tong, why didn’t you tell us that you are the famous Iron Wok Tong,” the excited disciples shouted as they gathered around their beloved cook.

Cook Ah Tong smiled as he sat on a small stool and fanned himself. He looked at the excited young faces around him. The cook had this peaceful and serene atmosphere about him. He moved slowly and calmly as if he had all the time in the world which sometimes led to burnt rice. “Yes, I was Iron Wok Tong,” admitted the cook, “then I decided to retreat from the world.” “Wow,” disciple Ah Lek thought to himself, “like these kungfu movies where the master sword man always decided to retreat from the world.”

“But why, Uncle Tong?” asked disciple Ah Lian. “You had everything!” “Yes, I had everything and yes, my carriage is made of pure gold,” began cook Ah Tong shifting to make himself comfortable.

“Yes, I had everything everyone could dream of. Then one day, it was a Sunday, I remember. I was very drunk but decided to take my carriage for a drive. I must have pushed the horses very hard because the carriage was moving very fast. While rounding a corner at the steep slopes of the Three Gorges, I lost control and the horses and carriage plunged into the yellow river below. I was thrown out and crashed into a tree on the side of the gorge. I blacked out. The tree must have stopped my fall or else I would have drowned in the river like my horses.

“When I woke up, it was evening for it was getting dark and cold. I was caught in the tree head down, hanging perilously one hundred feet above the deep river. My first thought was how lucky I was until I realise that I cannot feel my body below my neck. I was paralysed from my neck downwards! Then I knew I was going to die. I knew that the fragile branches will break under my weight and I will fall into the river and drown. I hung there for three days and three nights before the villagers found and rescued me.”

Iron Wok Tong paused and his eyes turned misty. “During those three days and three nights when I was waiting to die, did you know what I was thinking of? No, not my reputation as the greatest cook in China, not my chain of restaurants, not my mansion or great wealth. No, all I wanted is to hold my wife’s hand and look into her eyes and see her smile. All I wanted is to hold and hug my children once more. All I wanted is to see my friends one more time, maybe have a game of mahjong together.

“Alone during the hot days and cold nights I had a lot of time to think. I reviewed my life and wondered if my life was worth anything. Waiting to die, my thoughts were often about what I would say to the Lord at judgment day. ‘Would you like me to make you a char siew pau?’

“It took almost a year for me to recover. Abba Thomas is a great doctor though he always said that it was the prayers of the villagers that healed me. During the twelve months of recovery I often thought about my longings and regrets I had when I thought I was going to die. So I decided to retreat from the world and live for what really matters.

“I wanted to spend more time with my wife and family. I wanted to spend more time building relationships with other people. I wanted to make sure that the rest of my life means something, so that I when I die, I will not be ashamed to stand before the One. But the only thing I know how to do is cook.

“So I came to Abba Ah Beng and begged for a job as a cook. I wanted to cook for you young people so that you will be physically healthy when you leave this monastery to carry out God’s purposes. That’s all I wanted to do. Iron Wok Tong is no more. It is just me, Ah Tong.”

There was a hush when cook Ah Tong finished. “Uncle Tong,” whispered disciple Ah Lek, “can you make me a char siew pau?”

Reflection Questions

1.      In the busyness of everyday life, our loved ones often receive low priorities. How do we love and value our loved one in the remaining days we have on this earth?
2.      How do we build friendship with other people that are enduring, encouraging and deifying?
3.      We often think that we must do great things for the Lord. What are some of the significant ways we can serve the Lord while living our present life?

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Leader as Lifelong Learner

Excellent article by a guest post on Michael Hyatt's blog.

The Leader as Lifelong Learner

This is a guest post by Daniel Offer. 
Widely considered to be one of America’s greatest business philosophers, Jim Rohn, the late Dallas businessman and dynamic public speaker, is well known for his commitment to lifelong personal development. During his talks on the subject, he is fond of pointing out that every house that costs over $500,000 (adjusted for inflation) has a room in it called a library.
A Stack of Books Outside - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/urbancow, Image #3906868
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“Why do you suppose that is?” Rohn challenges his audience. “Doesn’t that make you curious? How come every house over $500,000 has got a library? Does that tell you something? Does that educate you at all?”
There is no doubt that Rohn is right; successful people do read more. Leaders, in particular, seem to read more than almost anyone else. After all, curiosity is often cited as a common characteristic of great leaders. Lincoln was famous for reading both the Bible and Shakespeare; Franklin Roosevelt loved Kipling. “Every great leader I’ve ever met has been a great reader,” says Rohn.
For most of us, books were where it all began.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

Deepavali Greetings

To my readers who are celebrating Deepavali

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Rumi’s "The Guest House"

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

—translated by Coleman Barks

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RPM (November 7 to November 13, 2010)

RPM Volume 12, Number 45 (November 7 to November 13, 2010), is now available. The following articles are featured in this issue:
1 Corinthians 4:14-21
A Sermon
By: Scott Lindsay
Webpage  PDF  Word
Christ—The Object of True Saving Faith
An Article
By: L. R. Shelton, Jr.
Webpage  PDF  Word
The Mischief of Sin
The Furnace Heated Hotter!
By: Thomas Watson
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Kahlil Gibran's Collected Works

I am so glad I found and bought this copy of Everyman's Library (2007) copy of Kahlil Gibran's Collected Works. I have his individual books but it is good to have them all in one volume. I reread portions of my favourites, which are many.

from the everhelpful Wiki,

Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran bin Mikhā'īl bin Sa'ad; Arabic جبران خليل جبران بن ميخائيل بن سعد, January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) also known as Kahlil Gibran, was a Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, a series of philosophical essays written in English prose. An early example of Inspirational fiction, the book sold well despite a cool critical reception, and became extremely popular in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.

More about Khalil Gibran here

BTW Kahlil Gibran is a Christian, not a Muslim.



Another update for the NIV Bible.

Welcome to Bible Gateway!

We are proud to announce the unveiling of the New International Version of the Bible, updated for 2011. The updated translation replaces two earlier texts (the NIV 1984 and the TNIV). You can read all 3 versions here and compare them to one another.

What do you think? Need another updated version?



    Tuesday, November 02, 2010

    Dallas Willard on Nietzsche versus Jesus Christi

    Dallas Willard's hour and a half speech at the Veritas forum at Stanford University in 2002.

    Nietzsche v. Jesus Christ from The Veritas Forum on Vimeo.


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    Monday, November 01, 2010

    Karen Zacharias on The Spiritual Discipline of Reading

    Pastors or anyone who is not dead should be reading and updating their knowledge. Karen Spears Zacharias has something to say to pastors about the Spiritual Discipline of Reading.

    This gnawing in my gut is more than indigestion — it’s the disturbing recognition that far too many pastors have abandoned the spiritual discipline of reading. And I’m not just talking about Bible reading, although I’ve heard my share of sermons this year that I suspect were pre-packaged and downloaded online.
    I’m talking about reading a book besides the Bible.

    I can count on one hand the number of pastors I’ve sat under in my lifetime that I know were avid readers. I remember them because their preaching had a depth and a substance that all others lacked. One of my favorites, Dr. Herb Anderson, would quote poetry from the pulpit. That was always a magical moment. It helped that Dr. Anderson lived in a university town. He had a lot of professors in his audience. They expected their pastor to be well-read. But out here in rural America where hardy people live and vote, pastors are more likely to quote a bumper sticker than they are to recite a poem they’ve memorized. 

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    Jack Higgins' The Judas Gate

    The latest installation of Major General Ferguson and his "Prime Minster's Private Army" which has increased to include two Irish Provos, Sean Dillon and Daniel Holley, and British army Major Harry Miller and Major Giles Roper fighting against British Muslims who have joined the Taliban in the American war in Afghanistan which eventually pitch them against Al-Queda.

    I like Jack Higgins' writing because it is often fast paced and involves heroes and heroines that are tough and resourceful. In one sense, it is like the Western stories where the gunfight solves most of the problems. Higgins also writes like "Papa" Hemingway which is delightful.

    if you want to know, yes I have read all of them. And enjoyed them greatly too.