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The last day, a full day, a book day, a new day

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I had a long list of things to do today, being the last day of the year. Calvin and I went for breakfast. Then we headed off to Sufes to get some books I had wanted to get for Pastor Chris. I promised I will get him Continuity and Discontinuity , edited by John S. Feinberg but there weren't any copies available yet and so I ended up getting him these 2 other books: Deuteronomy (New International Biblical Commentary) by Christopher Wright Handbook on the Prophets by Robert B.Jr. Chisholm (a book I would love to get a copy myself!) And I got myself The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity by James S. Jeffers. I think this will be the last of this genre of books because I seem to be so drawn to them lately, ending up having so many copies now. But what was interesting about this visit to Sufes was meeting someone new. While I was browsing books at my favourite aisle , I saw this lady who kept pulling out books on Greek.

What do we treasure in our hearts?

Pastor Chris gave a very inspiring sermon today based on Exodus 33:12-23. The quality of our lives is determined by what we treasure most in our hearts. Learning from Moses, the thing he feared most is if the presence of the Lord does not go with him and with Israel. The treasure that Moses wanted the most is the presence of God. Without God, whatever we have however good and wonderful it looks or feel, will fail in the end. What do we have in our hearts? pearlie

God, be merciful to me, a sinner!

Luke 18:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.' 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted." Are we fit for the kingdom of God - what kind of people are we, what characters, commitments and behaviour do we have? Do we think we are so righteous? In other words, do we think we

Book Review: Hearing God's Words

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I said I will finish this book no matter what, and I did. No one can hit me now. As I began to read Hearing God's Words , I had high expectations. I got this book because I felt it is always important for me as a reminder not to approach the Holy Word of God academically as I do find myself doing sometimes. There is a need to read it devotionally. As much as what D.A. Carson said during his conference here a couple of months ago that we can and should combine both the devotional reading and studying of Scriptures - do devotion in Greek for example and in my case, do devotion through my assignments - it is still a good reminder. Halfway through the book however, I felt a bit lost: either I lost him or he lost me. I understand that the word "spirituality" is notoriously difficult to define. Peter Adam did not define or explain it and as such, when I was midway through, I did not know what he was getting at. He started by stressing the importance of biblical spirituali

A Thousand Words #52

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pearlie Photo © 2007 Sanja Gjenero

A US$25 Book Giveaway

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I should have posted this long time ago: eZondervan is giving away US$25 e-books free. Offer ends 31 December 2007. You’re just minutes away from your customized Christian reference library (and $25 of product FREE). START NOW! 1. Visit the eZondervan store *. 2. Browse from over 70 products. Enter the source code(AVZCS8) to get your FREE product. 3. Pick your delivery option: • Immediate download. • Custom CD-ROM shipped to you. Use code AVZCS8 at checkout. One-time use per household. Offer ends December 31, 2007. I have shortlisted 7 books! So hard to decide. pearlie

Merry Christmas!

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Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV) 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. Emmanuel has come! God is with us. Amen. pearlie

Christmas Eve at LMCP

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This year's a bit different as we head off to our neighbourhood church for an evangelistic meeting. It was a good service. The Sunday School kids sang, the youth did a play (they were fabulous actors) and the choir sang. Pastor Rao shared the gospel and people responded. We then closed the meeting with several carols in candle light. For unto us is born, this day in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord. pearlie

Singapore: Day 4

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Our bus leaves at 6.30pm today. Our friends' church service starts at 3.30 and lasts until 5.30 and we thought catching a train or even a cab to the station from church might be a tad too risky. The train station is about a 10-minute walk from both the church and the bus station and the roads might be gridlocked due to the holiday season. So Calvin and I headed to Harbour Front way ahead of time, and we did a little bit of shopping. As expected, I went looking for a bookshop: the only eligible place to spend some spare time. It was like being in a treasure trove, looking for the perfect jewels and I found two. A Short History of the Chinese People by L. Carrington Goodrich This is a good find for me because for one, I will never find it back home in KL and two, I do need to read up on the history of my people. I must piece together my history in a more systematic manner, rather than the bits and pieces I have right now. I only hope this book will help me do that. The Oxford H

Singapore: Day 3

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At Calvin's insistence, we did absolutely nothing today. Well, not exactly. We just stayed "home" at our friends for the day. Anyway, my legs just wouldn't allow me to go anywhere. We did go out for dinner and Calvin had the tallest burger ever. pearlie

Singapore: Day 2

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It was a good day today - the weather was good and we were well rested for another day of sight seeing, with just one exception: our legs are still suffering from all the walking we did yesterday. We took a train to the Ang Mo Kio Station and from there we need to take a Bus 138 to the zoo. We had some problems figuring where to take the bus from as the signboards were pointing to 3 different directions: Bus Stop A, Bus Stop B and Bus Interchange. In the confusion of it all, again we met someone from back home and this time, Calvin's schoolmate also heading the same way. We got to the bus station, took the right bus and this time, the ticket counter lines weren't as long as the day before. There were a lot of people but I guess things were more efficient here. We bought tickets for the zoo and tram rides in the night safari. Calvin at the entrance of the zoo We had to walk really slowly as our feet would allow us, and had a really great time. The Singapore Zoo is really on

Singapore: Day 1

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We could not make it to the zoo today as planned. Calvin woke up late into the morning as we arrived quite late last night and it had started to rain quite heavily at 9 this morning. We made our way to the Singapore Science Center instead. I think a lot of people had the same idea because we were greeted with a really long queue. The queue in front of us The queue behind us Calvin enthralled with the exhibit out at the foyer The science center was really crowded and after awhile, it got me really irritated with kids running here and there, punching buttons and turning dials just for the sake of getting the exhibits to do something. What was supposed to be a learning center became a children's playground. Calvin lost interest after awhile. But it was not a loss as we got to watch a movie at the Omni-Theatre. It was good. We watched an IMAX documentary made on the Hurricane Katrina and it brought me to tears. Calvin's most favourite exhibit of the center after all: the

A Thousand Words #51

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... and good ones here in Alex's blog. pearlie Photo © 2005 Darren Kidd

Wrapping up

I am so bogged down with work these couple of days trying to wrap things up before I go off for a long break starting this Thursday. It is the same story at home as I try to catch up on a long of things I have been putting off before it is too late. We will be off to Singapore tomorrow evening on a long delayed holiday I promised my son. I told him I will bring him to the Singapore zoo when he was 4. It is high time I fulfill that promise before he turns double digit 10 next year! The Singapore Zoo is touted to be one of the best zoos in Asia, if not the world. It is endorsed by the late Steve Irwin and Animal Planet utilises it for some of its documentaries. The other place we shall not miss will be the Singapore Science Centre and the Omni-Theatre. The science centre is said to hold 850 exhibits - impossible to view it all in one visit. Looks like we will have 2 science-filled days. Hurray! pearlie

Hearing God's Word

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I have started too many books but finishing none, except for maybe a couple. I have just started - or re-started, which would be more accurate - Peter Adam's Hearing God's Words, Exploring Biblical Spirituality (New Studies in Biblical Theology) and hopefully I will stick to it until I finish reading it. From the description of the book: Many discussions of Christian spirituality draw on a range of traditions and "disciplines." Little attention, however, appears to have been given to the Bible itself for its teaching on this theme or as a source of spirituality. Similarly, it is commonly assumed that, when it comes to spirituality, the evangelical tradition has little to offer. In response, Peter Adam urges us to renew our confidence in a biblical model of spirituality and to test our spirituality by the Bible. Drawing on a selection of Old and New Testament texts, along with significant insights from the Christian tradition (including John Calvin and the Puritans)

More questions

Today’s sermon by Rev Christopher Rao was on the Christmas narrative as he pondered with us Mary’s response to Angel Gabriel when he told her about her impending pregnancy and birth. I reread and rethought the passage I have read so many times over. Looking back at my thoughts last year, I now have even more questions than answers. Mary was greatly troubled In Luke 1:28-29, the angel came and said to her, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" But Mary was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting that might be. Question 1 : why did Mary become troubled? Wasn't those words of commendation in the first place? Was it a common thing that angels appear to human in those days? At what circumstances do they appear and how were they received? An angel appeared to Hagar (Gen 16:7-13). An angel spoke to Abraham as he was about to sacrifice Isaac (Gen 22:11-12). An angel even appeared to a donkey in Numbers 22! We see more angels in

Play and work

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My family church had its yearly Christmas celebration today and they decided to have it simple as a family gathering, not so evangelistic and to bring the message of Christmas to the "once-a-year-Christians". The service was packed with presentations from all groups in the church, young and old, with a Christmas message from the pastor. His message was good. He spoke about the three groups of people during that first Christmas - those in opposition, King Herod; those in ignorance, the innkeepers; and those in worship, the shepherds and the wisemen: which are you? It was good but I felt the message was drowned within the noise of almost 500-600 people. Usually church services are quiet and people are attentive but somehow or rather such Christmas services are as noisy as a market place. My neighbourhood church on the other hand held a evangelistic programme for some migrant workers. I heard it went well and the good news of the Lord was ministered. Wish I had been there to

Busy Christmas?

Been busy, busy, busy. I have never had it easy at year end every year because of Christmas events in church but I thought having moved out of my family church, I will not be so busy this year end. But with Grace Notes, I still have one presentation tomorrow in my family church and a whole string of other events in my new neighbourhood church. However, I am still giving myself a break this year. I am going to fulfil a promise I made Calvin 5 years ago - bring him to the Singapore zoo! We will be heading off next week and looking forward to it. It will be just the two of us. The daddy can't make it this round. But we will be back just in time for Christmas. pearlie

Christmas meme

HT to Kansas Bob for this meme: 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper – gift bags are like you got it out of the store straight to the recipient 2. Real tree or artificial? Artificial ... because of the weather here 3. When do you put up the tree? Err … what tree? 4. When do you take the tree down? Now that it is up, I have to take it down again?!!! 5. Do you like eggnog? Never tasted it before. 6. Favorite gift received as a child? Monopoly! 7. Do you have a nativity scene? No. 8. Hardest person to buy for? My mom. 9. Easiest person to buy for? My mom … cash. 10. Worst Christmas gift you've ever received? A used plastic container. 11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail … but these are hard to come by now. 12. Favorite Christmas movie? None. 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Last week of Christmas. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Rarely … but yes. 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Real fruitcak

A Thousand Words #50

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pearlie Photo © 2007 Richard Dudley

Manga Messiah

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I had the opportunity to get copies of Manga Messiah at very good rates and I grabbed enough to be given as Christmas gifts. I took a quick read and I must say I enjoyed it; though I was not really in agreement with several interpretations and representations of the gospel texts, but as it stands, it is inconsequential. As Paul would have it, " To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law ." (1 Cor 9:20) Calvin is having a go at it at the moment and it is encouraging to have him discovering the gospel in a new way. He is asking loads of questions and he just found out that Jesus read the same (almost, I suppose) Old Testament that he is reading and ain't that cool. pearlie

Miscellany and trivialities

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Today is bland. But was nice. It was miscellaneous. And also trivial. But was good. I had a nice lunch in a restaurant which is getting more and more popular it was packed from wall to wall, and spilling to the patio I had fun with MS Excel working on some figures and learning more from Mr. Excel I found a great quote, which I think will become a favourite of mine: "This is so cool I've to go to the bathroom." ~ Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes I took several ridiculous tests in Facebook : Which German philosopher am I? Immanuel Kant Which French philosopher am I? René Descartes Which Greek philosopher am I? Socrates Which dictator am I? Kim Jong-Il How will I die? Of old age What disaster am I? An earthquake What car am I? An electric car Which musical instrument am I? A violin My results for the World's Most Abstract Quiz? I ain't no double negative! Found several great online radio stations As I searched on, the list became endless. Choirboys and Trebles - Christ

Heirs of the Kingdom

Today's sermon by Peter Desmond Wee was entitled "Prepared for Good Works" and the Scripture passage was from Titus 3:1-8. Titus 3:1-8 (ESV) 1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. 3 For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is trustworthy, and I wa

Urgent prayers needed

Please get on to Reb 's blog and start praying. The Lord is merciful and good. Need your urgent prayers Missing swimmer Latest news on missing swimmer pearlie

Biblical studies: good books to get

There were quite a number of first-timers in the last "Study on the Gospel of John" class and I made good friends with one of them, Jing Shan. I had caught up with her since classes completed last week, and she got lost in the forest - trying to get hold of what she needs to do with a theological paper and a short exegesis. I am trying to help her come up with a list of good books to have for starters : I have these in mind. This is by no means the best books but I think they should be good enough. And in the course of looking for them: my own wishlist has expanded! Oh dear. Introduction Exploring the New Testament by David Wenham and Steve Walton Old Testament Survey: The Message, Form, and Background of the Old Testament by William Sanford LA Sor, David Allan Hubbard, Frederic William Bush, and Leslie C. Allen Biblical Dictionary Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin J. Vanhoozer Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible by David Noel Freedman, All

My bloggerland

It is time again to take a snapshot of the zeitgeist in this part of bloggerland. Milestones of a Worshipper Ruth is now in Cairo learning Arabic and feeling very alien in a world who sees her so differently from who they are. Kansas Bob He is the only Kansas Bob in the USA but as far as we are concerned the only Kansas Bob in the world; and he has some very good Christmas gift suggestions - the best things to give away, that will last not only for a lifetime, but for eternity. Kingdom Jewels Julia presented her Christmas tree. Note: the video also gives quite a good view of her home. And was it Edward la-la-la-ing Hark the Herald there? I think so. Meletao Logous tou Theo Chee Keat returned from the 32nd session of TRAC, where he had both a challenging and relaxing time. Go ask him the secret of how to be both challenging and relaxing at the same time! Old Testament Passion Anthony is at the Malaysian CARE center conducting a TEE module in Biblical Interpretation. He has al

Mean what you sing!

Grace Notes had to change a song with the little time we had left to practice but some of us was worried as it will mean memorising an entirely new song in just a matter of days. Joanna and Lee Mei reminded me of something I do but silly enough not to practice it when memorising lines for songs - write it all down. I once heard someone telling me that it works because you'd be processing it 3 times when you write something down: you think, you write, you read at the same time. I did some checking and found this interesting article "Acting: How to learn lines" which I think applies to singing just as well. Acting: How to learn lines What is absolutely the best way to remember your lines while rehearsing? MEAN WHAT YOU SAY. Tony Noice, an actor, director, teacher and cognitive researcher and author of "The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View (Expertise, Research and Applications)" has done research on how actors learn lines - and on

Google Reader!

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I am not very well-versed with what's in the world of information technology: I only have a vague idea what stuff like RSS and technorati are and I don't really know about the other stuff like newsgator and del.icio.us. I get periodic emails from bloglines but I don't find it very useful. I discovered Google Reader a couple of days ago and so far it has proved to be very useful - what I had hoped bloglines would do, Google Reader does it. Basically what it does is collate all the blogs that I subscribe to into one place. It acts like an inbox for blog posts and rss feeds - complete with images (and videos too I presume). It makes sense to just go to one place to check if there are new posts without having to open up 20 over windows like I had to, especially when my blogroll is growing. pearlie

A Thousand Words #49

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Feeling rather Christmassy now though I haven't got the tree up yet. pearlie Photo © 2006 Herman Chan

Study on the Gospel of John: Day 6

Pastor Chris' sermon this morning was from Matthew 1:1-17 today stressing on the theme of many are called but few are chosen. I looked at the genealogy of Jesus, and it is good to be reminded that God uses all kinds of people, the good and the bad, the victims and the perpetrators to bring about his purpose and will. Amongst several prominent people, the women stand out: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and the wife of Uriah. A typical genealogy is patriarchal, whereas the one in Matthew included these 4 women. The mention of these women and not others seems to be both intentional and significant to Matthew's portrayal of the Messiah. Why did Matthew included them? Why did he choose these women and not the other more prominent ones? John C. Hutchinson suggests one very interesting perspective. He did not think the reason was the women themselves but to highlight 4 familiar Old Testament accounts that illustrate one common point. In terms of timeline, it spans the periods of the Patriachs,

Study on the Gospel of John: Day 5

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We did quite a bit today continuing where we left off last night on the Raising of Lazarus, then onto missiology according to the Gospel of John, the pericope on the vine and branches and finally the passion narrative. Allen brought us through the narratives using Mark Stibbe's John as Storyteller: Narrative Criticism and the Fourth Gospel as a guide. As much as it was interesting at certain junctures but I felt more incredulous than ever of Stibbe's claims. Allen too highlighted where he felt it was really farfetched and dubious. I am not familiar with narrative criticism, but so far I think Stibbe is reading too much into the text. For example, Stibbe apparently highlighted a connection where Jesus called in loud voice for Lazarus to come out of the tomb with Jesus' crucifixion, where there too were the loud calling of the people to mock Jesus. He also highlighted on the light and darkness theme by contrasting in the narrative of the arrest of Jesus, the disciples i

One dream, 2 books and 3 journeys

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I had a really comical dream last night, or rather, this morning to be more accurate. I dreamt that I received results for a TEE assignment, which happened to be an OT paper, not that I did any for the past 2 years. On the cover of the assignment, it was marked E with an M in parentheses. In my dream, I felt panicky. Oh no! I got an E , a marginal pass! But wait - maybe it stands for Exceeds Expectations! (For those more initiated in the Harry Potter series would remember the priceless gradings of exams - O utstanding, E xceeds Expectations, A cceptable, P oor, D readful and T roll.) But as I leafed through the paper, I got really bad comments but they were ridiculous ones, bordering on insane. I woke up feeling so amused! Anyway, I don't think there are any E grades in STM's TEE. Then I decided, unwisely , to drop into SUFES, on the pretext of taking a look at Anthony Thiselton's 1 Corinthians in the NIGTC series. I saw it, pulled it out and pushed it back in. The pri

KLVV / 1 Cor 7:1-8

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Christmas is around the corner! I am very happy and joyful now as I have been logged on to KLVV Praise 88.7 where Christmas songs and carols will be on 24/7 till Christmas. " Angels from the realms of glory ... Come and worship Christ our Saviour! " Click on the image above to get connected yourself and fill your airwaves with the good news of Christmas! Since it is the school holidays now, I thought I'd drop into my old church this evening to attend Rev Ling Shiang Ming's bible study on 1 Corinthians as I have not been to any of his sermons or teaching since he started pastoring the church this year. It is a good thing but of all chapters in 1 Corinthians, I got chapter 7, verse 1 to 8. It was an interesting session. I made several discoveries and I now have 2 more questions to mull over: Verse 1 in Greek reads: περι δε ων εγραψατε and about which you wrote καλον ανθρωπω γυναικος μη απτεσθαι good (for) a man (and) a woman not to touch The translations render t

Basal significance of time? ... Wha ...

Kar Yong has reminded me about the genitive of time . I told him I have a faint memory of it either having discussed over it during bible study some years back or more likely during Greek class back in 2004, because had it been during the bible study, I would have remembered it quite well since the bible study I attended previously was serious business and at times we'd have it run pass 11.00pm! I have just given myself a revision as to what genitive of time is, in Daniel B. Wallace's Greek Beyond the Basics (Zondervan, 1996, p.122-124). According to Wallace, "the genitive substantive indicates the kind of time, or time within which the word to which it stands related takes place." It is to "relate the genitive back to its basal significance," - of quality, attribute, description, or kind . In the next 3 chapters, he basically repeats what he just said. I have no idea why he did that. Let me try to understand this: John 3:2 reads, 'this man ca

A conversation ... by BK

BK has an excellent post on an account with his "neighbour" during Sunday service. Reading it, I felt as if I was just standing next to him. Thanks BK! I sat next to a guy at evening service today. He was a little scruffy-looking, with a haircut not dissimilar to Nicholas Cage in Con Air. Actually, I thought he looked uncannily like someone (in?)famous, but I still can't figure out who. He looked fairly intimidating, not the kind of guy you want to play roughhouse with. It was a little surprising, then, when we both stood up at the end of the service, to find out that I was actually taller! The service started with a reflection on Scripture,and I noticed that he didn't have a Bible and offered to share mine with him. He nodded politely at me and said he was fine without one. As the music struck up, I then noticed that he didn't have a service sheet. (We're old school, no OHP projectors!) So again, I offered to share. He mumbled something and declined again.

Bookamania # x + 2½

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I have not been to check CBD for quite awhile and now that I did, I have a long list in my shopping cart. I have not decided to get them yet since shipping rates would be quite a sum, but these are really good prices for books. If only they were in Ringgit Malaysia though. pearlie

Study on the Gospel of John: Day 3

Today's sermon is based on Matthew 16:13-22 by Mr Louis Ratnam of Wycliffe Malaysia, who has made me see things in new ways with regards to bible translation, mission and Scriptures. I have never thought much of v.18: on this rock I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it . I never quite saw it in light of mission - where the church is not static and neither is it on the defensive. The church is on the offensive and where it goes to proclaim the good news of the Lord, the gates of hell that protects cities and people will not stand against it. The church must move. I need to spend some time on these verses. We then continued our study on John this afternoon with an indepth look into the passage on Jesus and Nicodemus. It is a very, very interesting pericope and among what was pointed out include: 1. Nicodemus came at night 2. Nicodemus never quite asked a question and Jesus didn't quite answered his implied question directly either 3. In ca

Study on the Gospel of John: Day 2

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We spent the whole day on John today and we covered more of the introduction on the Historical Context, Major Themes and the Prologue. A few interesting things I learnt include: 1. Unlike the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John gives hints as to who the author might be 2. John takes on a very strict dualism in the gospel - e.g. you are saved or you are not, you are in the light or you are not 3. Compared to the Synoptic Gospels, John is quite concerned about different things in the sense that he may have written it in complementary to the Synoptic Gospels, e.g. he does not mention the institution of the Lord's Supper nor the Transfiguration 4. While the Synoptic Gospels tell of what Jesus did to show who he is, the Gospel of John talks about who Jesus is, what he is like and what he said to show who he is 5. In John, it has the concept of realised eschatology, e.g. we are experiencing eternal life right this very moment, you don't have to wait until the Last day We the

Study on the Gospel of John: Day 1

I attended the evening class today on the Study on the Gospel of John led by Allen McClymont. As mentioned before, I have a penchant for chiasms and was delighted to see it here again in John - what more the entire structure of John: I. ... Prologue (1:1-18) II. ....... Book of Jesus’ Signs (1:19-10:42) III. ........... Transition from signs to hours (11:1-12:50) IV. ...... Book of Jesus’ Hour (13:1-20:31) V. .. Epilogue (21:1-25) Among the features of the Gospel of John are: 1. The 7 signs or miracles are only found in the first half 2. John introduces several themes and then comes back to them ever now and then, e.g. light and darkness 3. The miracles of Jesus are presented in a crescendo, culminating in the resuscitation of Lazarus. The final miracle recorded in John is very pivotal because it form the basis of the Jewish decision to kill Jesus. 4. A transition can be seen in the mention of "the time has not yet come" to "the hour has come" 5. There are a

This and that

I have completed all assignments and feeling quite relieved, except of course I have just signed up for a module starting tomorrow that will run for 2 weekends: Study on the Gospel of John. I have not been reading God's word devotionally lately and it is high time I got back to doing that. I will get back on M'Cheyne's bible reading schedule, which I have been trying real hard to follow (found a very useful online interactive version here ). I guess I am just not a person of routines, viewing my personality. Anyway, I finally found the website where I found the profiles of personalities too hilarious for words: ENTJ is the Evil Overlord ENTP is the Mad Scientist ENFJ is the Cult Leader ESFJ is the Control Freak ESTJ is the Bureaucrat INFJ is the Conspiracy Theorist INFP is the Idealist, which is yours truly! ENFP is the Scientologist ISTJ is the Thought Police ESFP is the National Enquirer Headline INTP is the Egghead INTJ is the Outside Contractor ISTP is the Psycho Vi

A slow day

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I handed up my exegesis paper on Mark 2:1-12 today - didn't quite want to look at it anymore as my migraine is still lingering after its attack since Monday. I have updated the Grace Notes site a bit but not much: just some pictures. We also met up for the usual Wednesday rehearsals every week but attendance was bad. Nevertheless, we had fun learning some really cool and funky Christmas songs. pearlie Photo © 2007 Nate Brelsford

A Thousand Words #48

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I wasn't feeling all that great lately with headaches coming on and off. I had a full day of work today, came back, washed up, thought I'd read a bit in bed before getting back to work, but I fell asleep and slept till morning. pearlie Photo © 2007 Clemente Lucca

The value of life

I got my results for Study of the Acts of Apostles today - a B+. No woohoo's. I must say I wasn't too thrilled but then again , I took the risk and did a paper on the Holy Spirit, which I suppose is the most difficult question of the lot. In contrast though to what I read in The Star today, I don't know what to say except this: isn't life worth much more than As? Year Six pupil found hanged NIBONG TEBAL: A family’s bid to rescue a 12-year-old girl found hanged at their home in Changkat, near here proved to be futile. They cut the blanket that gripped her neck and rushed the Year Six pupil to the nearest hospital in Sungai Bakap soon after the 1.40pm incident on Saturday. However, the doctors there decided that S. Subashini be transferred to the Seberang Jaya Hospital, where she died at 4.05am yesterday ... she was confident of scoring at least 4As in the examination, the results showed that Subashini had only obtained 4Bs, 2Cs and 1D. Read the complete story here .

Penang: what shapes your ministry?

Grace Notes were invited to share in music and songs in Trinity Methodist Church, Penang. We had been practicing for awhile now and the day has finally come for our so-called debut, and it went well, all thanks and praise to our God. We sang: 1. Let there be praise (Words and Music by Dick Tunney and Melodie Tunney, Choral Arrangement by Phil Perkin) 2. Halle, Halle, Halle (Traditional Caribbean Tune, Original Music and Setting by Hal H. Hopson) 3. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (Words by Rev. E.A. Hoffman, Melody by A.J. Showalter, Arranged by Geordie Roberts) 4. Holy, Holy, Holy (Words and Music by Reginald Heber and John B.Dykes, Arranged by Camp Kirkland and Tom Fettke) 5. Holy is He (Words and Music by Claire Cloninger and David T. Clydesdale, Arranged by David T. Clydesdale) 6. A Clare Benediction (Words and Music by John Rutter) John Oo gave a sermon based on Matthew 22:34-40 and Jeremiah 18:1-6, on What Shapes your Ministry? In Matthew 22:34-40, Jesus was

Penang: on arrival

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We have arrived safely in Penang and eating our way through it as well - Penang is a food-haven, so there's no escaping! We had our rehearsals this evening and I must say it went well. The sound system in this church was fabulous. Before the rehearsal however, we had a time of devotion where John reminded us of Psalms 23. What are the characteristics of the relationship between the psalmist and God? I saw dependence, reliance and submission. How dependent, reliant and submitted am I to God? In reference to v. 5: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows, John gave us a very good reflection question. If anyone were to bump into us, what will spill out? It is a very relevant question: it really shows what fills our lives. pearlie Photo © 2007 Carlos Gustavo Curado