Part 1 – Great Nations: History’s mistake – China’s implosion into socialism

[ See related posts on Great Nations: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3] My father told me horror stories about communism.  He left China after it imploded on itself (e.g., the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward).  He will never forget, and perhaps never forgive what the Communists did to destroy China …

Fragrance: a good gift not only for Christmas

At Christmas, we think of gift-giving. As a baby, Jesus received fragrant gifts of frankincense and myrrh. These were aromatic resins used for personal, religious and medicinal purposes and for burial. Near the end of Jesus' life, he would receive one final and generous gift from a faithful woman.  She would be remembered as giving …

Remembrance Day – We will not forget

November 11th is Remembrance Day in Canada (also Veterans Day in the USA), which is also like Memorial Day in the USA.  We honor the brave Canadian military personnel who died for our freedoms.  We should not and will not forget the sacrifices our soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen have made to protect our …

The Emperors’ treasures

In Chinese culture, the finest art was present and used in emperors' palaces. Some art were used to depict gods and deities for thousands of years, from dynasty to dynasty.  I never knew how much I would enjoy Chinese art until I went to several museums in Taiwan like the National Palace Museum (NPM) in …

Religion in Taiwan

While visiting my spouse's hometown in Changhua, Taiwan, I visited Bagua Mountain (actually a hill) where there is a huge statue of Buddha.  I climbed up its inner staircases within its inner sanctum where there are displays on each floor explaining the history of Buddhism in Taiwan. I found this to be a good learning …

Martin Luther’s Law and Gospel

Christianity Today's, January/February 2017 edition, features Martin Luther, the 16th c. theologian/pastor who changed the church and the secular world 500 years ago by introducing a theological understanding that brought spiritual freedom through Law and Gospel. It's a good article to read.  It's one of my great life-altering theologies.

Poll: Authority of the Bible vs. the Church’s Teachings

Here's a poll for you.  Have we gone too far in rejecting the authority in the church, or not far enough?  Find out where your church or congregation stands on authority--on the bible alone, or also on the teachings and traditions of the church? It seems like the majority in the evangelical church today tend …

America – the movie

I just watched a great eye-opening documentary called America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014).  It's a story that questions the shaming of the United States through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives that may be unwittingly undermining America. For those who have …

First use of “wall of separation” between Church and State

The first Baptist in America, Roger Williams, was actually the first to use the phrase “wall of separation”.  In his quote below, Williams compared the true church as a sort of garden of Eden, and he referred to this world’s secular realm as the “wilderness”.  He stated: “[W]hen they have opened a gap in the hedge …

Keeping a “wall of separation” between Church and State

Baptists had a very important role in the formation of the idea of a “wall of separation between church and state”. Thomas Jefferson made this phrase famous, and in part, it was due to the influence from the Baptists. Jefferson had written two letters. The first of the two letters was addressed to the Danbury …

First Freedom–Fight for Religious Freedom on PBS

In my readings on religious liberty and freedom, I've come to appreciate that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights by our Creator. In our pluralistic society where certain religious groups accuse people of blasphemy and seek to remove all religious expressions from the public square, I think there is still so much we …

Timeline: End of the world predictions

It's almost been one month since the world was predicted to end but we're still here. Thanks to Allison Morris who created and forwarded me this illustration of an historical timeline on apocalyptic predictions made about the coming of the end of the world.  So for those of you who feared the end was coming …

End of the world on December 21, 2012

If you've been listening to all the predictions about the end of the world on December 21, 2012, the people you have to really pay attention to are the ones who have some scientific credibility and evidence. If it doesn't end on this day, then could it be just another start of a new beginning …

Was the world’s first Baptist church Arminian or Calvinist?

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism within Baptist churches (e.g., John Piper, Albert Mohler, including hipper and younger Baptists like Mark Driscoll).  When I read and hear Baptists describing "true evangelical" doctrine as  Calvinist in doctrine, this makes me scratch my head and wonder. When I was reading up on Baptist …

Who was Henry Alline?

First Great Awakening As part of my orientation into the Baptist Church, I started doing some research on the early Baptists in Canada and rediscovered the importance of spiritual revivals.   Though Baptists had an even earlier history in Europe, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that many early Baptists in  Canada and the American colonies …