A broken and imperfect people

Do people view Christians as imperfect people? Yes, we Christians are imperfect; and we don't need to hide this fact. And I'm one of these imperfect ones. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am imperfect. I have known some who put on a facade--like a make-over to look like that "perfect and righteous Christian." …

Religious ‘None’s increasing

Dr. Joel Thiessen (Canada's younger version of Reginald Bibby) has done a Canadian study and found that society increasingly self-identifies as having "No religion".  Millennials are raised in a social context without a religion.  Some might have gone to Sunday school or received baptism as an infant but end up as a non-attender of church.  …

Evangelization of another marginal group–the rich

In a previous post, I blogged about a need for evangelization and missions to the margins.  In this post, I will make a case for evangelization to the rich. The left will hate what I have to say here. Missionary families have sacrificed their lives and their comforts of home to live overseas, to adopt …

Sex Abuse in Southern Baptist Churches

No one likes airing one's own dirty laundry.  There is plenty of dirty laundry to be aired.  A scandal ising erupt in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Sexual abuse is currently being reported by the Houston Chronicle, a 3-part series titled Abuse of Faith (February 2019) (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). It's no longer …

The Call for a New Evangelization

In the next several posts, I’m going to share a few things I wish the universal/catholic Church could be doing better, or more of. We all like and dislike what some of the Church is doing, and not doing. Most of what the church is doing is good. As the Church triumphant on earth, we’ve …

Hypocrisy: A Sickness that leads to death

People have been hurt by hypocrisy. I didn't realize how detrimental and serious hypocrisy was.  Later, when I was on the receiving end, I realized what hypocrisy can do to others and to ourselves. Hypocrisy is a deceptive and sinister type of sin.  It can be hidden and camouflaged... hidden behind religious talk, good deeds, …

Day 1: Good news: I’m free from sin

Free from sin. I am freer today than before. Not that I sin any less. I am still the same sinner-saved-by-grace that I was before. I'm just now not bound by the guilt and shame. Guilt and shame is what many Christians struggle with.  For some, it's everyday.  For others,  it's when they're reminded of …

Enduring hardship through faith

Living in caves can be modern experience; it can also be a hard life.  It makes me think of a time when the early saints had to endure an amazing amount of cruel and hardship in the pre-church era. Hebrews 11:37-38 (ESV) says: “They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the …

Merry Christmas to Christian brothers and sisters

Merry Christmas to our Christian brothers and sisters around the world.  Christ comforts us with true peace and joy in our hearts that cannot be extinguished.  For this, we are grateful that God sent his Son Jesus into the world to give us this peace.   May we pray for each other around the world …

Loving unconditionally vs performance

A true and deep spirituality comprises more than living according to rules and keeping the law.  Some Christians would go as far as to label this a false religion. People are searching for a deeper spirituality that involves love and acceptance.  If we have a shallow understanding of God's gift of forgiveness, we might end …

October 31 marks a freedom from good works

October 31 is a special date that marks the beginning of Protestantism.  No, not Halloween but the day one monk-professor protested the Church's illegitimate rules and regulations.  It was the beginning of the western church's road to reform. Martin Luther, a young Roman Catholic priest before he was kicked-out, had nailed the Ninety-Five Theses on …

Art and artisans since Moses

The contemporary church has failed to appreciate the value of art, artists, and artistry as an expression of our worship. The Protestant Church in the 16th century expelled much of art and believed that it was unnecessary and extraneous from the core of the gospel. This is why we have not seen much Christian art …

A glass wedding chapel in Taiwan

I am currently visiting Taiwan and will blog when I get the opportunity. I saw this church on the internet and thought this was interesting. It is a glass slipper church in Chaiyi, Taiwan.  There are no worship services, and was built with the intention to be used as a wedding chapel.  Seems like a …

A ‘lost’ generation can be ‘found’

I spoke with parents whose children no longer come to church. There are many young people who are now adults who made an exodus from church. You'd never know they once accompanied their parents to church.  The thing is, they never got to know Jesus in the way that Jesus would have wanted.  Maybe that's …

Anatomy of a sick church

Thom Rainer posted on his blog about 10 symptoms of a sick church.  Many churches don't realize they're unhealthy or sick until they get to the latter stages of the sickness and near death.  Let's hope and pray that these churches would wake up and realize our need for healing and for Jesus to come …