He Said Transformed?...

A few months ago, while sitting in church listening to the sermon, there was a kid in the pew behind me who was struggling to pay attention.  He was fidgety, kicking the pew in front of him, drawing on the bulletin, and whispering constantly to his parents.  I recall trying to listen to the...

When  November  Sucks / Angry at God Jan12

When November Suck...

The last two months have been some of the most difficult since we moved to Scotland. It is difficult to articulate exactly how frustrating these times have been in a blog post without sounding as if I am depressed or complaining. Neither of these is the case, yet times have been difficult all...

A Big Ol’ Fixe...

Confession: I really like HGTV (the Home and Garden cable TV network, for the uninitiated). I adore the Gaineses on Fixer Upper. The Property Brothers and House Hunters are quite wonderful as well. I’ve spent a good amount of my winter break time drinking in these home renovation...

My F(f)ather’s Love Jan05

My F(f)ather’s...

“Your F(f)ather loves you very much.” These words have been ringing in my heart for the past week. The last few days I attended a Chinese Missions Convention in San Diego, where there were over 3,000 people ready to hear about the different ways God is working throughout the world....

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...