Sharing Meaningfully...

When I first came to the mission field to work with Muslim peoples, I knew that I would need to find different ways of sharing the Gospel with them that were especially meaningful to them. I also knew that apologetics would look very different. And while I am by no means an expert, here are a...

On (Not) Studying Th...

As mentioned last time, I’ve been reflecting lately on to what extent can what I am studying for my PhD still regarded as ‘theology’ apart from being in a theology department and having theology on my degree title. After all, people would call the authors and material I mostly read...

I’m Sorry, I C...

Dear whoever you are church member, This past week you probably felt somewhat confused and hurt when I told you in no uncertain terms that I would not be able to commit to praying for you after you shared your struggles with me. Now, I did pray with you after we talked about your situation and...

A Detour on Dogmatic...

In the midst of writing funding applications and working out an outline for my PhD which is supposedly in ‘theology’, I have hit a bit of an academic existential crisis as I try to reflect on what is it that I am actual doing with my (academic) life. Among the many ‘existential’...

A Letter for Pastors...

Recently, I heard about a young man interested in planting a church. He was from a large evangelical church in Orange County, CA. He asked to meet with the pastor of a medium size church in a nearby city that was already full of solid evangelical churches. This young man shared with the humble...

Theology and the Hon...

Our blog’s very own Calvin Sodestrom raised the question in his most recent post on whether we tend to conceive of God ‘inside a box’. I know I have been blogging about the protest in Hong Kong for some time now, but at risk of being boring, I thought the said political situation might...

The Power of Dreamin...

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending our church’s Global Church Conference, which was an opportunity for us to hear from the majority world.  We had speakers from Egypt (Anne Zaki), Guatemala (Pablo Villeda), and the Philippines (Athena Gorospe).  One session of the...

Knit Together Oct16

Knit Together

When you’re learning how to knit, you need to learn to read a whole new language: K1, m1, p2, CO, k2tog. You learn to decipher charts and take something that looks good on paper and bring it to life. And you learn, through experience, that knitting takes time and requires a good deal of...

Dys-lectio

In preparation for a spiritual retreat I, well, am currently taking as I write this, I read Discovering Lectio Divina: Bringing Scripture into Ordinary Life by James C. Wilhoit and Evan B. Howard (2012, Kindle edition). As I have been on this half-day retreat, praying and thinking back over...

Thoughts, Tears, and...

(I’m assuming some knowledge of the news as extensively reported by the BBC and CNN over this past weekend.) I wrote about the ‘Occupy Central’ movement in Hong Kong here just over a year ago. It is something I had been following closely and loosely supporting (but I have had mixed...

Retreating from Wo...

This past weekend I went on a women’s retreat to Lake Arrowhead with my church, Redeemer Church in La Mirada.  I have to admit, that I was a bit wary about writing this post on a women’s retreat, since my past few posts have been a series on Ruth, my last post was about Hello Kitty, and I...