Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Moving on.

"We only just begun..." crooned Karen Carpentar.

Christ Seminar has just begun its toddler-like steps.

None of its members had formal training. Only a deep conviction rooted in divine inspiration.

Nevertheless, its harvest is bountiful. Click here


New beginnings. New responsibilities. New explorations made. New ideas experimented.

Perhaps, bohtea ought to take a new direction too, or rather; take on a direction.

We'll see.

Friday, October 07, 2005

He is Risen!


John Piper once wrote, "There must be a reason why Jesus was risen early in the morning." C. S. Lewis provided the answer to it- "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen , not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

"Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay."- Matthew 28:1-6 ESV

"When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back--it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." -Mar 16:1-8 ESV


"But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words." -Luke 24:1-8 ESV

Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, do you have any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. -John 21:4-12 ESV

The break of dawn broke the curse of sin.

And Life springs forth.

Hallelujah!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Join Us.


Christ Seminar is only 5 days away. Thought I give it another run of promotion.

It began with a vision- to see university students rise up to speak, to echo and to defend Truth, which is otherwise; dying among men and women of the present age.Confronted by a serious intellectual drain and appreciation for Truth in the campus culture, a group of Christian students in University of Malaya, Malaysia decided to meet to probe into tough questions, ideas and issues about Truth, Life and Christianity.

These are university students who are passionate and concerned for the pursuit of knowledge and conveying messages of the Truth, the Way and the Life to the campus community at large.In a seemingly confusing world where false ideologies and principles continue to uproot Truth itself, it is in the hopes of these students to present not the alternative ways to lead a purposeful Life through the philosophies of men, but to reintroduce the true meaning of Life through the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ Himself.

Today, Christ Seminar continues to establish its role in challenging students to rethink, reconsider and to be reformed in their quest for Truth and Life.Come join us for the first of the exciting series of Real Radical Reformation- Refuting Robert Funk's 21 Theses-

Topic: The God of the Bible
Presenter: Joshua Woo
Date: 8 October 2005
Venue: Passion CafeTime: 1 pm (after lunch)
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Juice-bits about the presenter: Joshua Woo is a friend and comrade to Christ Seminar. Despite being at a young age (only in his early twenties), he is a promising up-and-coming apologist and enjoys engaging in a theological debate or two, all the better if philosophy is thrown in. He is currently residing in Singapore and attending Orchard Road Presbyterian Church.

Sneak preview: Robert Funk of Jesus Seminar, in his 1st of the 21 theses to refute Christian doctrines- "The God of the metaphysical age is dead. There is not a personal god out there external to human beings and the material world. We must reckon with a deep crisis in god talk and replace it with talk about whether the universe has meaning and whether human life has purpose.

"Is God merely an idea desperately clinged onto by these 'Christian zealots'?

or

"A God who is active within his world, who feeds the young ravens when they called upon him, who could be trusted to act more specifically on behalf of Israel, to overthrow pagan power at the political and the false gods of the nations; whose vindication of his people, liberating them finally from all their oppressors, would also be the vindication of His own name and reputation; whose justification of His people led to He himself be justified and in Whose righteousness, His covenantal faithfulness, His people would find their own?" - N.T Wright, Jesus and The Identity of God.

"Let's go exploring!"- Hobbes to Calvin, in the final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Drained.

My simple and general understanding on Edwards' Treatise on the Religious Affections is that worship operates with the human heart. Surely, the expression of human emotions are heightened tenfolds, perhaps even reaching to its highest; when it flowed from man to God.

"Religion never was designed, religion never was designed; to make our pleasures less; to make our pleasures less". What a beautiful proclaimation to the involvement of human emotions to worship!

I am reminded by the call to 'let my heart be broken by the things which broke God's heart'. Yet, the endurance of going through one is almost unbearable to the poor in spirit. The searing pain from it never regressed to numbness, but enough to drain a person of mental courage, physical strength and reason...

Today,
I shed tears for my university- for jubilating in false victory and her being oblivous to a false representation of the voices of her campus community.
I shed tears for my university- for her occupants' mindlessness and blind subjectivity to evil forces.
I shed tears for my university- for being invaded by political filth that is never to be cleansed.

Truly, my heart is broken, and shattered to minute pieces.

Yet, may it be a form of worship to the Merciful, Gracious, Most Righteous and Just; for He is Who He Is, and Was and Is to come.