Two days ago at the Guardian UK newpapers http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/27/dying-for-christianity-millions-at-risk-amid-rise-in-persecution-across-the-globe it was reported that global persecution against Christians has become worse in recent years. In fact, almost half the world's nations place some form of restrictions against the practice of Christianity and there are at least 50 nations that persecute Christians simply for their faith. This astounding article from a respected English newspaper raises alarming questions of whether Christians around the world will suffer more persecutions in the coming years and decades. With the rise of religious extremism that singles out Jews and Christians as targets of hatred and murder, more and more Christians are killed everywhere simply because they believe in Jesus Christ. Last Saturday, I expounded on Jesus' warning of the end-time when Christians will be hated by all nations for Jesus' sake (Matt 24:9). Since the US Supreme Court's decision granting rights to gays and lesbians to marriage, this prophecy is fast becoming a reality.
Monday, July 27, 2015
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Two Sundays ago, I led a prayer and intercession for Greece as the country held its referendum to accept or decline eurozone bailout terms. Oxi No! was the result but this morning's agreement appears to be harsher than the one Greece said no to. The turn of political fortunes at least kept me interested in Eurozone happenings. Can you imagine a Europe without Greece? Classicists and New Testament scholars must be lamenting to see the fall and fall of Greece after leading the world in democracy and liberal values. The speech of Pericles is something I know as well as my favourite NT passages.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Why does a marriage take place? In most modern societies, it is because both man and woman agree to live as husband and wife, at least prior to the US supreme court decision which now grants as a matter of right under the American constitution for same sex couples to marry just as the heterosexual couples do. In essense, there must be agreement and consent from two parties to give it a most solemn effort to be together for life if it is at all possible. What about a pastor and a church?
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
On Sunday and during last night's prayer meeting, I led prayers for truth and justice to prevail in the nation. Lord, I mourn for the sins of its leaders. As I waited on the Lord, the word that came forth to me (the LXX helps), "A righteous king raises up a country, but a lawless man undermines it" (Prov 29:4) (Septuagint, New English Translation, Oxford). In Hebrew, the second line goes to say that "a king who receives/exacts gifts overthrows/ruins it" (KJV/ESV Prov 29:4). The Ringgit has fallen to 2.82 to the Sing dollar and 3.81 to the USD worse than the time of economic recession in 1998.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Friday, July 3, 2015
I have given myself 3 sessions out of 5 for tomorrow's Praise and Worship seminar. I have no gift in song leading but as a worshipper of the Lord I have observed how worship is conducted for good or bad for more than 33 years. But I am looking forward to giving a session on composing spiritual songs. I will probably sing a couple of songs I composed in the Lord and how music and songs play a huge part in my Christian growth. Until now, sometimes like Elisha I needed the music of the harpist to wait on the Lord and hear his voice (2 Kings 3).
Thursday, July 2, 2015
In a crowded field of scholarship, I am delighted to see my name mentioned along with 40 or more scholars by Russell Morton's Recent Res...
It is time to reflect on the first half of the year. The second half has just begun. What have I done for the Lord? It is good to have a rep...
I did not preach yesterday but it was one of the most fruitful Sunday I had for quite some time. I visited two of my students who are on...
For the first time for a long long time I served my own denomination's major events twice in a month. But it is good to know that there ...